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Washington at UCLA - Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  02/07/2013

Feb. 7, 2013

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UCLA head coach Ben Howland
"That was a huge win for us over a veteran team. Washington is very tough to beat, they have been very good on the road in conference play so far. They have veteran guys with a number of players who redshirted and have more experience. N'Diaye did a great job for them with 18 rebounds. They're the best rebounding team in the league. They're going to be a problem for everyone they play.

"We found a way to win even while shooting poorly from the field through perseverance. We had a week to think about losing to SC, so we worked hard at practice and found a way to win. We had a huge play where Larry [Drew II] stole the ball in transition and found Shabazz [Muhammad] for the easy dunk, that really helped us down the stretch.

"As for Larry's shot, I couldn't be happier for anyone. He is our senior, he wanted the shot, I couldn't be happier. He did a great job waiting until the final seconds to shoot the ball. If he misses then worst case is we go to overtime.

"Both teams struggled to score because we both had time to prepare for each other. They did a great job fighting through screens. They are a physical team and they played very good defense.

"I thought the difference in the game was their 19 turnovers to our 10. Our pressure tonight was outstanding. Shabazz has been improving on defense by just becoming more intense, it's great to see his progress. We now have a little extra time to prepare for a night game against Washington State on Saturday."

senior guard Larry Drew II
"I knew I had a chance to get to the basket or create a shot for myself or my teammates. The defense dictated where I went. I found an opening, took the shot, and it went in. If I happen to be the one taking the shot, I needed to have all the confidence in the world and it helped me knock it down. Coach has an idea of what I can do in a situation like that, so he didn't want to slow us down [with a timeout]. He has confidence in us to make the play and I was glad he let us create.

"I believe I have all the tools necessary to go out there and win, so I shouldn't expect anything less. It's important for us to have that competitive spirit. If you stick with it, keep playing as hard as you can, show some heart, then good things will happen at the end of the game. I'm glad I hit the shot but I'm happier that we won the game, that's all I care about."

freshman guard/forward Shabazz Muhammad
"We weren't shooting the ball well at all, especially me, so we had to work extra hard on the boards. I think we were just rushing shots. We got good looks but they weren't falling, so we picked it up in other parts of the game. Larry made two great plays for us down the stretch. It was great for him to step up and hit that big shot as our senior leader. The USC loss was a bad loss but we know we can play with anybody in the country."

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar
"The turnover bug bit us again. That's the difference in the game. Nineteen turnovers and we lose by two. They scored 19 points and we score eight off turnovers. I don't think you have to look any further. I thought our guys fought. I thought our guys put forth the effort. I thought we guarded. I thought we ran offense. We had a lot of open looks we didn't knock down but we didn't take care of the ball.

"When you put yourself in that position [your opponent with the ball and a chance to win the game], when you turn the ball over that much, somebody can throw a lob and it goes in the basket. You're at the mercy of the other team when you turn it over that much. Whether it was Larry Drew or someone else, we shouldn't have been in that position."

Washington senior guard Abdul Gaddy
"We needed this game big-time, but it slipped away from us and now we have got to move on. We need to get better, that's the main thing. We can't have these setbacks. You have just got to look ahead. There is a lot of season left. You have to take it one game at a time. We have a big USC team coming up. If we keep getting better each game we will be just fine."

on Washington's final possession
"We knew we wanted to go to our best scorer. We knew that they were going to run at him and we got a good shot at the rim. We knew at the end of the shot clock we wanted to make [Larry] Drew take a tough shot and we were going to bring it to make sure Shabazz [Muhammad] didn't get it. We felt confident that if we could get to overtime we could win the game."



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