Jan. 19, 2002
UCLA Head Coach Steve Lavin Quotes
"First half we played as well as we have played all season. Second half we played worse than we have played all season. In the first half we made more shots because we got some good looks. Arizona stepped it up in the second half. They did a great job pressuring the ball. With (Dan) Gadzuric out, Arizona took advantage of the opportunity. Throughout his career when he's in the game we are much better team. Without him we are not as good in the paint."
"I watched tape from the Oregon State game where Arizona was down by 21 at home. They are capable of coming back. They made some runs and we didn't get organized. I really like Arizona's team. We knew that they were going to make a run. They have a lot of talented young players. They have great leaders in (Jason) Gardner and (Luke) Walton."
"With a 20 point lead we got this false sense of security. We started to settle for too many threes. We didn't get the ball inside. We didn't make enough passes. We shot quick and allowed Arizona to get some shots. We didn't give ourselves a chance to draw more fouls. I wanted our seniors to win in McKale. This is a tough place to win. It's one of the toughest places to play in college basketball."
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes
"We certainly got into a big hole against an outstanding basketball team. In the first half, all of the energy was on their side, and we had no energy. We were in serious trouble, and UCLA just shot the lights out in the first half. They have excellent shooters who will shoot well if you let them take the shots."
"We got some energy in the second half, and we extended the pressure. We made them do things that they did not want to do, and we got some rebounds, which allowed us to run. We made them miss, we had some steals and turnovers, and we had some great opportunities offensively. We came back on a team with serious fire power."
"We had a lot of guys who had outstanding performances for us in the second half. Our defensive pressure in the second half was key, and a big key to the defense was the play of our freshman guards. Will Bynum created a lot of problems for (Ryan) Walcott, and Salim Stoudamire did a good job on (Jason) Kapono."
"Channing Frye did a fabulous job for us today. He did a nice job of moving his feet and deflecting shots rather than blocking shots. Channing did a good job of being patient, and he was able to alter several shots as a result of his defense."