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Oregon State Post-Game Quotes

Dec. 12, 2010

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Oregon State vs. Texas-Pan American
December 12, 2010
Gill Coliseum
Corvallis, Ore.

Head Coach Craig Robinson

On the game ...
"That felt good. It was good to have a sustained effort for 40 minutes. It helps you weather a lot of mistakes. We made more aggressive mistakes but you can weather them when you play that hard. So it was a fun game finally."

On having the past week off ...
"This past week is the scariest for coaches when your guys have to buckle down and get their grades right in a week's time. I thought our guys did a great job in handling both things. There's that distraction along with having a long break when you are not in your routine. We had to really fit practice into everybody's exam schedule. They did a really good job this week of coming in for two hours and focusing on what our game plan was. We worked hard on defense this week and, aside from a couple of mistakes, it really showed."

On playing the match-ups ...
"We're trying to move towards playing more man-to-man and it was the right time. I thought we did a great job with it."

On defending the opposing team's best players ...
"I thought we did a good job on that today, except for No. 32 (Perry Petty). Historically, we've been good at shutting down the other team's best option. This year we haven't been as good with it. But we are also scoring more points this year, which is what we focused on in the preseason. Our defense took a little bit of hit and now we are slowing trying to catch that back up."

On having a guard who can lock down on man-to-man defense ...
"It is Jared Cunningham. He has devoted himself to being a good defender. He has prided himself into being a good defender. He is also a huge offensive weapon for us. But his defense gives us another gear offensively."

On the play of Roberto Nelson ...
"He is almost two years away from playing a competitive game of basketball. It is like coming out of high school again. But it was great to have him out there. He has already helped our program with his spirit. He is special and the team feels it and they are rooting for him. It was good for him to have a couple of foul shots, a couple of turnovers. When he is ready, he is going to be an asset for us."

On getting to the foul line ...
"That's new for us, too. That was a result of our game plan of trying to get the ball to the basket. We were trying to take advantage of our speed and get to the basket."

On the upcoming Montana game ...
"This is as close as we are going to get, other than Colorado, to an actual Pac-10 away game. Not only is Montana hard to play against, they are really hard to play against in their gym. It is going to be a good test for us."

Senior forward Omari Johnson

On the team putting it all together ...
"We had a long stretch since the Colorado game and had a lot of practice and we've been working hard every day. We put in a defense that we used last year but we haven't used this year. It's the matchup. We haven't used it at all this year. That was our bread and butter for most part last year, except for the 1-3-1, and it did a good job today."

On one player having a great game against the defense ...
"That's what happens when you run the zone. People are going to make shots in the zone. You can't really help that. You have live with one person doing that sometimes and the others not scoring."

On being excited for Roberto Nelson ...
"We've been waiting for awhile to get him on the court because he talks a lot. We want to see how his game translates. He did a good job. He hasn't played in two years. I'm not too worried about the few mistakes he made. He'll clean that up as he plays more."

Sophomore guard Jared Cunningham

On moving past the Colorado game ...
"You have to forget about the games you lose and just be prepared for the next one. We need to take it one game at a time. We need to work hard in practice this week and go hard and just get ready for the Montana game."

On spreading the scoring around ...
"If we can consistently get four or five players scoring in double-figures, that is good for us. Mostly it's on transition breaks so we can convert on those and get layups and easy baskets."

On converting steals into points ...
"I try to help out the team. I get the steal and pass it up and have them score. That's the main thing I'm focused on."

On taking control of the game ...
"It's always important to get a lead and keep it. In the previous games, we haven't been doing that. Today we got the lead and we kept it and we were victorious."

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