Here’s everything Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said after UW’s 98-88 loss to USC at the Galen Center on Saturday afternoon.
(Opening) “Well, a lot different game than the last time we played USC. We knew they were definitely a high-powered offensive team, a good basketball team. They beat us to the loose balls in the first half and I think they won the hustle play situations. In the second half I thought we scrapped a lot more. We were able to cut the lead down. I don’t know if we made very good decisions, defensively, down the stretch. If you make a bad decision on USC, you’re going to pay for it mightily. And that’s what happened.”
(Was their size a problem?) “No, I don’t think so. Most teams we’ve played are big. They all have size. I think we made some bad decisions, and give them a lot of credit. They did a good job of going inside.”
(What were some of those decisions?) “Fouling when we didn’t need to, shot-block running down. We lunge, we get out of position. Certain coverages we were supposed to execute that we didn’t, that we were aware of before the game. We’ve got to just keep working. I’ve got to keep working, the staff’s got to keep working for the remainder of this season (so) when we’re in those situations that we’re on point in those coverages. We’ve had games on the road (where) we find a way to pull them out. We’ve had close games, we’ve found a way to pull them out. But it didn’t work tonight.”
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(On shooting only 36.4% from the field) “I think if you watch the game, you’ll see that we had a lot of open shots in the first half, but when you play a team like SC who is so quick and has so much length, sometimes even when you’re open, you’re thinking ‘where are they?’ Sometimes that can happen. maybe that was the case, maybe it wasn’t. but yeah, we missed a lot of open ones.”
(On Noah Dickerson being limited by injury) “He was definitely limited. We missed him in there. But still, you’ve got to come in and scrap. We anticipate by Wednesday he should be OK.”
(And it’s an ankle?) “Yeah, in that area.”
(Did you see same breakdowns in second half as in recent games?) “This was more similar to – not as bad as Arizona, but more similar to that, in that … breakdowns that don’t normally occur all of a sudden show up in the second half.”
(Still a positive road trip?) “Positive road trip, definitely. You want to go on the road to win two. But if you’re able to get a split, especially down here in L.A. – you do well at home and get splits on the road, you’ve got a chance to win the league. So this is the second time we’ve gotten a split on the road. We’ve not been swept yet. So it was definitely a positive trip. Just wish it could have been a little more positive today.”
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