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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/14/2009
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Feb. 14, 2009

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Washington State vs. Oregon State - Feb. 14, 2009 - Pullman, Wash. (Friel Court)

Washington State Cougars
WSU Head Coach Tony Bennett
On the play in the second half...
"The way we came out to start the second half, not helping out on a cross screen, giving them an easy layup, some guys just not playing with a sense of urgency in the first few minutes and all of a sudden it's a five point, four point game. That can't happen whether we were up 12 or 14. We need all those things right. It was disappointing how we stepped out to start the game defensively, especially in the second half."

"The first play they set just a simple guard on big cross screen and we just didn't help. Then the second time they did it, we helped and Aron got hung up on the screen and didn't get out to him. That was a couple right away, a couple turnovers, a couple back cuts, a couple going under screens when we worked hard yesterday going over screens if it's a hand off. Just some little things that all of a sudden watered us down. Then our defense became, then it was more 'I hope they miss these shots' rather than 'let's make them shoot tough shots,' which was definitely different in the first half. We really made them struggle in the first half, but that wasn't the same in the second half."

On the mood after the game...
"I was pretty upset, or pretty angry with them. You know, got after them in the locker room. Because I just...we let another one slip away and that was frustrating. I know they feel very bad about it. I know the seniors do, without a doubt, especially when you play a game, like I know, Taylor and Aron, I know what they're capable of and to not play up to that ability in this kind of setting, I think that was frustrating for them."

On the play of Aron Baynes and Taylor Rochestie...
"Those two, they didn't play their best."

On OSU's Calvin Haynes...
"He's very, he's streaky. Really elevates. He can get his shot pretty much off of anybody, he can drive, pull up, and it's hard to get to his shot. And he's a complete offensive player because he can get to the hoop off the dribble, yet he can hit the three of the dribble or off the catch."

WSU Forward Caleb Forrest
On the game... "Our defense, we weren't as tough in the second half as we were in the first half. They're a good team and can capitalize on our mistakes. Pretty much just gave that one to them."

On the feel after the game...
"It's extremely disappointing. With the things that have been going on in the Pac-10 today, it was our chance if we'd win some games and we had to start with today. We had to win this game to have any chance of keeping our postseason alive really. And now, with this loss, it's sinks our hopes a little bit, but we're going to pick that back up and hopefully be ready for the next few games, but it's tough."

On Oregon State's back cuts in the second half... "We weren't as tough mentally...that's something that the pack defense is designed to take away. There's no excuse for us getting back cut. When they do that, we're playing off of them and they're getting 3-pointers. If you get back-cut in the pack defense we play, it spreads the whole game out.

WSU Guard Taylor Rochestie
On the different between the first and second halves... "In the first half we played basketball, in the second half seemed like we were trying not to lose. Instead of making aggressive, sound plays that we'd been making in practice, that we'd been making in the first half, we turned the ball over, missed shots, got backdoor cut...every single thing that coach told us they were going to do that would hurt us and we knew how to stop it, but we let it happen. If you do that, you're going to lose the game."

On the mood of the team...
"We're down. That doesn't mean we're out and we're going to have to come back and play hard. This one hurts because playing at home, we start doing something right the last game and the first half of this game and we just kind of let it go."

WSU Guard Klay Thompson
On Oregon State defensive changes in the second half...
"They put more pressure up top on the guards. I just thought we were a little bit hesitant and we needed to be more decisive, we just didn't come out with as much aggressiveness as we did in the first half in the second half."

On any disappointment from the game...
"Of course to me it's very disappointing. It's going to be hard to get over for awhile, especially when you have the game in the first half like that. We just need to hold on to the lead and be aggressive and you're fine. Just do what you did in the first half, they didn't change anything really hurts."

Oregon State Beavers
Oregon State Head Coach Craig Robinson
On the second half...
"Offensively we executed better than the first half. They did a great job keeping us from doing what we wanted to do. It was a game of imposing wills. They imposed their will on us in the first half and we imposed our will on them in the second half."

On winning in the second half of the conference season...
"Not that we needed validation, but we needed validation that the first half wasn't just a fluke because we played teams that hadn't seen us yet. So, we've done two things; we've won a game in the second half (of the ), and we beat a team that beat us in the first half. Those are the kinds of small little steps that these guys understand mean progress."

On responding to tough practices...
"This is uncharted territory for these guys. Practice looked off a little bit, but I'm hoping now we are back on track."

On Klay's near late game heroics...
"I told (Klay), 'that circus layup was one of the best shots I've ever seen.' And, he knew what he was trying to do, so it's almost not a circus shot. Then that deep three, that was NBA quality."

On the halftime speech...
"I got on them a little bit, but it was more they were disappointed in themselves. I can get on them without yelling and screaming, but that halftime speech, they were more disappointed in themselves than I was disappointed in them."

On the excitement level tonight...
"I think each win is better than the ne before for us... Each win is like a new experience."

Oregon State Forward Seth Tarver
On the come back win...
"This is not the first time we've been down double digits and won, but each time it feels good, especially when you're in someone else's house."

On the first-half play of WSU...
"They made some great plays, and they were obviously ready for our defense."

On Klay Thompson...
"He's like a little brother to me and he's turned into a really good player. He just played really well."

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