UCLA 74, Oregon State 69
March 2, 2014

UCLA head coach Steve Alford
"It was a very interesting halftime. I was not happy with our effort at all in the first half. We haven't had many halves like that in the first half. It was like that in Corvallis. Our effort in the second half was much like what we are. This Oregon State team is a hard matchup. They gave us some problems. I was proud of the team in the second half. They did a lot of good things in the second half.”

on the matchups presented by Oregon State
“When you get to this point, matchups are a huge key. We're not blessed with an abundance of big size up front. We are who we are. With Stanford, we beat them soundly here, but we had a tough half there. This team [Oregon State] is an even tougher matchup. They have more size and can play guys at a 3 or 4. When you have a scorer like Roberto Nelson, it just stretches you. We were better in the second half. We had 11 steals, had nine in the transition game, got to the free throw line, and we ran a better offense.”

on UCLA’s size against Oregon State
“We played Tony [Parker] and one of the Wears together. That's our size. It's worked out pretty good all year. There are not a lot of teams that can put the size on floor that Oregon State can. They're 6-10, 6-10, 6-8. We can match the size, but it's really about who can take care of the mismatches and who can out-execute who. Our effort was much better in the second half, and that's what made the difference. The second half was more like how we play.”

on UCLA’s post play
“It was a good adjustment by Dave [Wear] and Tony [Parker]. Tony had some tough times against Devon Collier until we reminded him that he was left-handed, then he adjusted well to post play. Early in this game, we were hurt with post play, but our low post play got better as the game went on. [Angus] Brandt went in with 10-straight double-figure games, and he had nine points today. I thought that was good for our post players.”

on the team’s mindset prior to the Pac-12 Tournament
“It’s March. We talked about a month ago about how February sets it up. I thought we were playing good basketball going into March. The month of March is a player’s month. It should be the time of their lives. You mentioning it is the first time I thought about clinching a bye. We have two road games left. I'm proud of Dave and Travis and Aubrey. They got to play in Pauley one last time and win. You want to see your seniors win for the last time at home, and you want to play really good basketball going into the tourney.

UCLA guard Jordan Adams
on what he learned from a one-game, team-issued suspension
“It was a learning experience, but I’m glad that our teammates still fought and didn’t back down because we weren’t playing. That really showed us a lot about their character.”

on overcoming a difficult first half
“We had to adjust to what they were doing. In the second half, it eventually broke open with the scoring margin. They [OSU] are just a big team, and they matched up really well.”

on serving a one-game team-issued suspension
“We would like to apologize to our fans, our families and our coaching staff and teammates for having not played in that last game due to our issues. And we’d like to thanks our teammates and all of our fans for their support, still, after having missed the Oregon game.”

UCLA guard Kyle Anderson
“I just wanted to help my team by playing well tonight. Oregon State is a long, athletic team, and we had a talk at halftime. We got better after that. We talked about ball movement and we talked about taking shots too early in the shot clock.”

UCLA forward David Wear
“You look back at the games, and it goes by very fast. I can’t be happier than to finish the home season this way, with a win. From starting in the old Pauley, going to the Sports Arena, and then back to the New Pauley, it’s been an experience. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, that I won’t be playing here anymore.”

UCLA forward Travis Wear
“I’m not sure why we did not come out with a lot of energy. I thought that our defense was good, but we just couldn’t get it going offensively.”

UCLA guard Aubrey Williams
“It was great [getting playing time on Senior Night], and it was bittersweet. This is a family like no other, and I’m going to cherish every moment.”

Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson
"The difference tonight was our turnovers and points off of turnovers. I thought we defended well. But between the 50-50 [loose] balls we did not get, and our turnovers, and the missed foul shots, this game was an opportunity lost.

“We still have a lot to play for. These last three games [including this one] are all against high RPI teams. If we can make some noise and get to 9-9 [in conference], we can be pretty pleased and then go to the tournament with a positive attitude.


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