NO. 24 BAYLOR (7-1) 58, WASHINGTON STATE (6-2) 52
FRIEL COURT - PULLMAN, WASH.
DEC. 6, 2008 - ATTENDANCE: 9,038
Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew
On impact of the win for his team:
"There is no better feeling than a road win. It's huge for us because we just came from Anaheim, we won two games and we were supposed to win in the championship and we didn't, so now this win gives us a chance to celebrate."
On Washington State:
"We don't have any more respect for any other coaching staff than Washington State, their defense is top in the nation for a reason."
Baylor Guard Curtis Jerrells
On importance of winning a close game:
"This win is going to help us. Defensively they are top in the nation, they made us play defense, and we made our free throws down the stretch."
"Winning on the road is all about staying poised."
Washington State Head Coach Tony Bennett
On the game:
"When we needed to come up with a significant stop in the game we couldn't. Whether it was an out-of-bounds play with four or five second (left on the shot clock) or just them running a high ball screen. We had a hard time. They just split us and got to the rim. And they did make some tough shots and you look at some of the things you need to do to win games that are tight, and that's obviously make free throws and get key stops or chase down some loose balls."
"We showed our youth at times. We didn't execute at times. In the second half we got to what we needed to do in being a little more physical and attacking."
On playing against the four-guard line-up:
"I wanted to play Caleb (Forrest) some more but we didn't feel there was a matchup there. DeAngelo (Casto) we thought could slide and keep up with (Kevin Rogers). We had a little foul trouble so I was trying to rest those guys. All four of those guards can shoot and they're quick with the ball and they attack you."
On the play of Taylor Rochestie:
"I thought Taylor was aggressive and did the right stuff, but we didn't give him a break. We needed his aggressiveness. "
On the play of Daven Harmeling:
"Daven gave us a lift today. He battled, he played hard, he played like a senior, and he got in a flow and had a nice game."
On Klay Thompson being in foul trouble:
"When Klay was in foul trouble in the first half, we lost another scorer and another ball handler and I thought we were shaky."
"I thought it hurt us. I thought he was off rhythm and we needed him to knock down some shots and really hunt the shot and be aggressive. When he was out we struggled."
On playing a tough schedule:
"This is a high level. It was a great atmosphere, the students were awesome. We've got to grow from these experiences. That's why we're playing a tough nonconference. At this stage, everybody you play is good and it's not about who the best team is, it's who plays the best. That's what we have to come to grasps with, playing better basketball, not beating ourselves and doing the little things."
"To play against Gonzaga we'll have to be so sharp. They are very potent offensively and they will present a challenge, but it will be an opportunity for us to get back on track."