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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 03/17/2011
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No. 2 Washington State vs. No. 7 Long Beach State - March 16, 2011 - Pullman, Wash. (Beasley Coliseum)
NIT First Round

Final Score: No. 2 Washington State 85, No. 7 Long Beach State 74

Washington State Quotes:
Head Coach Ken Bone
On the NIT...
"We know this tournament has a lot of history and we are happy to be in it. We are happy to get through this first game against a very good team."

On defensive effort...
"Our defense was very good in the first half, they did get some open looks where they just didn't put the ball in the basket, but our defense was very good the first twenty minutes"

On preparing for second half runs...
"We talked about that in the locker room. They made a couple of good runs and they are very capable of doing that. We just stayed together as a group and did not get down on each other."

"We have a group of guys that are focused, understand the scout, and carry it out on the floor with a lot of energy."

On mindset change going into NIT...
"We talked about that one time and I don't think I needed to elaborate on that. They understand what that means, if you lose you're finished. The season is long. We have had our ups and downs, but mostly ups. We get along well and have a lot of fun together. We don't want the season to be over so we are going to fight and scratch until someone beats us."

On getting first NIT win...
"That first one is huge, you've got to get through that one. Now we will have time to focus on Oklahoma State, like they will us, but I think our guys will be in tune to get two more wins and we will play in New York City and play in Madison Square Garden which is something every basketball player dreams of doing."

Junior Guard Klay Thompson
On the game...
"I thought we played well. It felt good to get this first game out of the way. We played well in spurts. They were able to make a couple good runs but we were able to stay together and not get frustrated with each other.

Does first win make the rest of the tournament easier?
"No because the competition is just getting better, so it will be harder that way. We are a good team and we respect our opponent, but we feel we have the talent and ability to get to Madison Square Garden and that was our main goal going into this tournament."

"In the post-season we act like it's a whole new season, it's 0-0 right now. It's a must win attitude and we're going to play hard and if we do that we are going to be in a position to win."

On playing at home...
"It helped us a lot, just because we are more comfortable in our arena. We are excited we all get at least one more game here because we all love playing here. It helps so much playing in front of a crowd that supports us the way they do."

Junior Guard Marcus Capers
On defense against Casper Ware...
"I think I did well. I think my teammates filled in the gaps. Plan was to double him on the ball screens, he is small but when he picks the ball up he can really shoot."

On importance of win...
"Of course, just to get that one win our confidence is up a little bit more. This one we played as a team and didn't make any big mistakes and that's always good."

On playing at home...
"I just think a lot of the players have more confidence offensively and defensively with the crowd behind us."

Long Beach State Quotes
Head Coach Dan Monson
On the game...
"Any time you end your year it's hard, and this is hard. We are just disappointed we didn't go off on our terms. The last couple games we offensively just really lost some confidence in each other and tried to do too much on our own. Just could not get guys to settle down and play to their strengths. It was 2-0 and if we played like we had all year it could easily have been 10-0. was nice the second half to come out and play like we've been playing. It was a disaster offensively and it started catching up to us and affecting our defense.

On fear of repeating performance from conference championship game...
"I didn't even dream we would be like we were offensively on Saturday and then to do it again is really hard to fathom."

On halftime adjustments...
"We just asked them to get back to who we are. Didn't make one X-and-O adjustment. We just needed to get back to what our identity was. For some reason we just lost that trust."

On mental challenge of NIT...
"NIT is so mental, it is the guys who want to be there and the guys that don't. Give them credit they did a good job of coming at us early in the game and taking us out of rhythm. Every team is disappointed, nobody started the year saying our goal is to win the NIT, so you have to be able to readjust that."

Junior Guard Casper Ware
On the difference between halfs?
"Better team effort in the second half and we just got in a flow better. It was a rhythm thing."

On Cougar defense of ball screens causing problems...
"A little bit. We split it a couple times and had a decent look at the basket but we were just too careless with the ball and got moving too fast."

Senior Guard Greg Plater
Motivated by the poor first half of possibly your last game?
"Everyone was frustrated because they had made mistakes and wanted to fix them. I just wanted to be positive and the guys listened to me and we came together more."

Effect of not getting into NCAA Tournament...
"Maybe, but I just think we didn't do a good job of finishing when we had looks at the rim. When we got stops we never scored."

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