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POSTGAME QUOTES
UCLA 91, Stanford 74
January 23, 2014

UCLA head coach Steve Alford
“I’m really proud of this basketball team. To bounce back like that after a loss and to fight like that at home to win was important. From start to finish, except for maybe the last three minutes of the first half, we played really well. We battled all night on the boards and defensively. We got back to who we were and played really good on offense. Our assist to turnover ratio was back to where it should be.

on UCLA’s tempo and pace
“We’ll have to watch film to see the differences from the Utah game, but we scored 91 points. We haven’t slowed down our pace, but we are not hurried like we were before. Shooting 52 percent from the field and shooting 25 free throws says a lot. We found better shots and just had really good ball movement.”

on Tony Parker
“Tony Parker was terrific. That’s the sign of a good team. When others are hurting, you have others pick it up. Tony really stepped up for us. I thought he did a really good job once we got the ball inside to him. He played 28 minutes and he played with really good energy and urgency and battled on both ends.”

UCLA center Tony Parker
“After the Utah game, I watched a lot of clips of Kevin Love and Zach Randolph who are my favorite players, and I noticed that they stayed around the arc and were active. So tonight, I decided to stay around the arc and I kept moving. We play inside-out. It makes the game much easier, and it makes it easier for our guards to get shots off.”

UCLA guard Jordan Adams
“Coach made an emphasis after Utah of having me cut better so I could get easier looks. Coach also stressed the extra pass. The extra pass was good because the first option won’t always be there, so it will get us better looks.”

Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins
“We have to execute better. We didn’t execute as well as we have been, and it’s really disappointing. Especially our defensive execution in the paint which we have been good at all year but not tonight. You have to give credit to Tony Parker. He did a great job of finishing around the basket, but we have to a better job of denying those passes.

“During the first half run by UCLA, the turnovers really hurt us and led to them getting fast-break baskets. Also, we missed opportunities on a few possessions in a row. We tried to stem the tide with a couple of timeouts, but they certainly had the momentum.”

Stanford guard Chasson Randle
“UCLA’s run in the first half really hurt us. It was the turnovers, and then we didn’t get stops defensively. And that’s what happens when teams go on a run. We just have to learn from it, move on and get ready for Sunday night. I started out a little slow because UCLA did a good job making sure they knew where I was at all times.”

Stanford forward Dwight Powell
“We weren’t playing the offense like we should [during UCLA’s first-half run]. We gave them a lot of easy looks, but that’s what they do. If you don’t take care of the ball, they are going to take advantage of it. UCLA also did a good job of pressuring us. They were in our lanes, but we did not take advantage of our opportunities. When you are down to a good team like that, you really have to push hard because they are not going to let you back into the game. We have to take lessons from this game and move on.”

 


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