Head Coach Dana Altman
On the last few minutes of the game…
“It was the energy in the building, the crowd and our defensive activity was unbelievable. I’ve been trying to get our guys more active on the defensive end and I thought they did a good job on that stretch.”

“We were able to turn it up with our fans. The energy those fans produce helped the team. That’s why basketball is a home game sport. We weren’t playing that well but our crowd kept us in it.”

On the win…
“Glass half full, we got it going and played our tails off. Half empty, what the heck were we doing for those eight games?”

On the losses this season…
“As I mentioned earlier, a lot of guys would have quit... A lot of guys would have just lost faith, but fortunately these guys didn’t. They stayed together. That talks about the character in the room, the fact that they stuck together. We found a way. We worked through some of the deficiencies that we had and we’re playing better basketball. The exciting thing is that if we can play long enough, there is still a lot more there.”

On the Pac-12 Tournament…
“Our challenge will be tougher, but I like our depth. If there’s a team that could run four games, I think we got a shot because of our depth.”

On Jason Calliste’s performance…
“Jason has been really good to work with this year. [It’s hard to] take a young man who has been a starter all the time and ask him to take a different roll, but this guy responds differently. Jason is all about winning. He says, ‘If we win, I’m fine.’”



OREGON PLAYER QUOTES
#00 Mike Moser
On how it feels to finish the season on a 7-0 run…
“It feels good. There was a point in the season when we were in the locker room saying that we have to win the next seven to turn the season around. That was our goal and we are glad that we got it done.”

On if he feels this win should secure the team’s bid to the NCAA tournament…
“I’m not sure. If we win the tournament (PAC 12) then that will secure our bid. I think that is how we are all looking at it. If we win the tournament, we are in.”

#10 Johnathan Loyd
On if this is what he envisioned when he said the team needs to make a late season run…
“Yeah, this is exactly what I meant. I don’t want to say I told you so but I did. A lot of heart and battling through adversity got us here, but it isn’t over yet.”

On why the team did not let the season go to waste when they were losing…
“We were still playing for a lot. The season wasn’t over. We could still make something happen. It didn’t make any sense to give up. We knew we were too talented and had too many weapons to quit.”


#12 Jason Calliste
On what was going through his mind in the closing minutes of the game…
“I just didn’t want to lose. It’s not time to go home yet. We still have a lot of work to do and we will continue to play hard.”

On if he started to get into a rhythm after he started to make a few shots…
“I just kept thinking if we lose it is going to be on me because I am going to shoot the ball regardless. I had to put the team on my back.”

 

ARIZONA QUOTES

Head Coach Sean Miller
Opening statement…
“I thought that Oregon had a great setup here today with a fantastic crowd. You’re catching them on senior night with quite a few players playing their last home game. Then, obviously, they’re playing for the NCAA Tournament. They were a very highly motivated group. With that, I think we would have needed to be at our best today and we weren’t.”

On Oregon’s three-point shooting…
They were a very difficult match up with the perimeter. They made 10 threes against our defense and I don’t think that’s happened all season.  That was a huge difference in the game. They were a very hard-playing, quick, desperate team. We tried out best, but we weren’t at our best, and I give Oregon a lot of credit for that.

On a momentum shift in the second half…
“We went into the half pretty even, yet we had the lead for most of the first half. We played well for the first 10 or 11 minutes of the second half. They took a timeout when we were up by eight and we gave up back-to-back threes to players we knew were going to shoot threes. We weren’t responsible or desperate enough to take away those threes. We didn’t have an answer for Calliste. We didn’t have an answer for Moser a couple times. We did a good job on Young, but he hit a huge shot on the right wing there late.”

On Oregon pulling even in rebounding…
“We weren’t able to take advantage of our size, and they were definitely able to take advantage of their quickness. I credit them. They did a good job. They’ve won six in-a-row, seven now, and I look at them as being one of the best teams in our conference - we kind of felt that way all year.”