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Oregon State Post-Game Quotes

Feb. 19, 2011

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Oregon State at Oregon
February 19, 2011
Matthew Knight Arena
Eugene, Ore.

Head Coach Craig Robinson

On the game...
"The one thing I say about this game, the global game of basketball, is that you cannot win this game without being able to make shots. We couldn't make shots and they did, particularly (Jay-R) Strowbridge. He was just terrific. They shot 50 percent from the three-point line. I was just commenting to the guys, if you look at the field goal attempts, 20-for-54 and 25-for-54, and the difference is they made 3's and we didn't."

On what defense they made the shots against...
"We did everything. He (Jay-R Strowbridge) did that on every single thing -- man-to-man, match-up and our 1-3-1."

On falling behind in the first half...
"That's been the way. We have to somehow shake that."

On the mistkes coming out of timeouts...
"In our timeouts, we are very specific on what we want to do. I don't know if it was the newness of the arena, the enormity of the Civil War, we just weren't on our game. I'll take the blame for that."

On the hot shooting of Oregon...
"They shot the ball real well. Let's say we played defense better than we did today. If they shot 50 percent today, they probably would have shot 40 percent. We would have been able to stop a couple of those, but I don't want to take anything away from those guys. They were very well prepared and they made shots when they had to make shots. There were big time certain points on the clock and it was a good job (by them)."

On what is left to accomplish this season...
"We still have games to play. The great thing about our conference is that we have a conference tournament. So the light bulb could come on. I'm hoping it does. But we have to do some soul searching and see exactly what we want to do the rest of the season."

On finding the key to turning the light bulb on...
"If I did, I would have turned that key a long time ago. What I don't want is all of these young guys to get too discouraged. We are going with a real young group and they are playing the majority of the minutes. I don't want them to get discouraged, because this is a tough league, no matter how weak or strong it is, and there some good things there."

On what he told the team after the game...
"What I told them is that we have to decide how we are going to finish out the rest of the season. That it's going to be good to be able to play some home games, but if we play like this, we might just have to work with something different. Whether it's go young the whole time and let them suffer through the last bit of the season. But I'm sure these guys aren't done. What I did is challenge them for the rest of the season."

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