March 11, 2005
Head Coach Trent Johnson
On Game Winning Shot: "We called a five up post to post, which is an on ball set with Rob (Little) as our five man. After Rob (Little) sets a screen he is supposed to go down to the block and our options are either Chris (Hernandez), Matt (Haryasz), or Rob (Little). So Rob (Little) was definitely an option."
On Fouling on the Last Play: "We are always going to defend because we do not practice fouling. I am not a firm believer in if you have fouls to give, give them. We are limited in terms of bodies so we try to play the game the way it is supposed to be played."
On Tonight's Game: "It feels good. They played good defense, and they got shots to go down. It started to feel like it was a regular game. It's a good feeling on our part."
On Scoring: "I felt like I did good job in the first half limiting my shots. My mentality was to take it to the hoop and maybe get fouled. I wanted to take it to the free throw line and try to do something there. "
On Keys to Offense: "We wanted to take it to the basket because we were in the bonus. I missed a lay-up. I could have backed it up and shot a ten footer, but when you are in the bonus, you want to drive it to the hole."
On Fatigue: "My legs felt pretty good. It wasn't as taxing on my legs as running around screens and back cuts, which are hard to guard. Then Kelatti hit three threes in a row, and they went up by ten. They were hitting deep threes and we weren't getting to them so we went man to man."
Washington State Quotes
Head Coach Dick Bennett
Statement on the Game : "Well the game was pretty typical of our season, we had so many just like this down the stretch. I felt though that in some ways we did somethings tonight that is very hard to do for a club like ours. Coming from behind when it doesn't appear you're going to be able to, that was a great sign for our program. A testimony to the character of these kids. Stanford played well the second half, exploited us a bit inside and then we were able to get ourselves corralled; it just became a matter of who could make the big play down the stretch. They happened to make it."
On Plan for Final Play: "The plan was to actually get them to think Thomas Kelati was going to come off the triple screen and then Josh Akognon was to come off. He did he got the ball but they closed on him and then if that wasn't there he was to kick it inside and Chris Schlatter usually always will spot up at the top of the key and so we got it into Jeff (Varem) and Jeff found Chris. We would have liked to use Thomas. We were hoping that they would just double up on him and Josh would find him."
On Thomas Kelati: "I thought that this club at some point developed a toughness that enabled us to compete against just about anybody, far beyond the size, or the abilities, a big part of it was this kid right here [Thomas Kelati]. He made big shot after big shot all year and he became our best defender."
On 2nd Half Play: "The first half they were man to man and I just took it upon myself. I remember last year in the tournament the intensity was unbelievable, we have a lot of young guys on the team and I didn't want what happened last year to happen this year. The second half they went into a zone."