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Oregon State Post-Game Quotes

Jan. 31, 2013

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California 71, Oregon State 68
January 31, 2013
Haas Pavilion
Berkeley, Calif.

Head coach Craig Robinson

On the final play of the game...
"I'm going to take the blame for that. I should have called a timeout. We had a play called and we were ready and they scored. We were coming down trying to run it, didn't and I was saying `oh, I should call a timeout' but I didn't want them to set up their defense. So I'm taking the blame for that last play and not getting a shot off. It's just inexcusable."

On going for two initially in the final seconds...
"Yeah, then we lost it and then we had a play called in case we had to go for a three. I was hoping we could get the ball inbound without them having a chance to setup. Such is the way it goes. I thought we played 37, 38 minutes of good basketball on the road and playing tough. It's just a shame we couldn't pull that one out."

On how tough it is to lose these close games...
"My job now is to keep these guys in the locker room from getting too dejected, because they stuck to the game plan, they did what we said and they are holding good guys under their averages. You have to give Cal credit for playing a great second half."

On missed free throws in the game...
"Free throws have been an Achilles' heel for us all season. To lose a game this closely and shoot 53 percent from the foul line. What are you going to do?"

On the offensive flow in the game...
"I thought everybody was playing a good floor game for the most part. It's just a shame you can't pull one of those out, especially on the road. That's a tough one. It's great that both Joe (Burton) and Roberto (Nelson) played well and were carrying us there."

On the play of Stanford of late...
"Stanford played really well yesterday. Everybody in the league is capable of beating everybody us. Us included. We just haven't been able to execute; I truly feel that in my heart. But Stanford is going to be another tough game. They are playing well. They are playing at home. They are starting to shoot the ball well, which they hadn't done in the non-conference. It's going to be another tough game, but all of these road games are tough."

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