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California-Oregon Postgame Quotes
Release Date: 01/20/2007
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Oregon Head Coach Ernie Kent:

"The crowd helped take us to another level in the second half...This was an incredible display of offense by both teams. It was lot like playing ourselves.."

On Anderson:
"Maarty had to switch alot on defense and that left Bryce {Taylor} to guard Anderson, but we were able to make adjustments and make good plays on defense to shut him down for the most part."

"We scored 56 points in the second half and put up incredible numbers in the game and yet I think that we can still play better."

"There is no need for us to panic because we have so much talent on this team. We are playing in harmony this year, everyone knows that they can share the ball and still get their own numbers."

"California is an excellent team and they played a great ball game. There are no easy games in this conference and every team is going to give you their best shot. We are a tough enough team now that we can handle it in this conference."

"We will be missing a key ingredient for the Washington game with Aaron Brooks being unable to play, but we are going to have to toughen up and find other ways to score the ball and get that win." 

Senior G Aaron Brooks

On the Mac Court crowd:

"The crowd really got into it when we made some plays. When they got up we made some runs. It’s good to have them all back. We’ve missed them for a while."

"If you lose a couple games, you’re down in the dirt again. We know if we keep playing hard, we’ll keep the buzz going."

On F Malik Hairston:

"He’s our leader. He’s our driving force and motivational speaker. To have him back out there, battling with us, it’s just great."

"They (California) got off to a big lead. We need to start every game like it’s the second half. If there’s something we need to improve on, that is it."

Junior F Malik Hairston

"We definitely wanted to come out in the second half and get the first lick, and I think we did. I think Aaron (Brooks) went on 9-0 run by himself."

On his injuries:

"I haven’t been 100 percent all year. I’ve been battling some injuries, but it isn’t affecting me. I’m just out there playing as hard as I can."

On G Aaron Brooks:

"The past couple of years you guys haven’t seen Aaron Brooks. Aaron Brooks is a dominant player and he has a passion for the game."

Junior F Bryce Taylor

On defending California G Ayinde Ubaka:

"He’s real good off the dribble, and they run a lot of ball screens for him. I had to work a lot."

"We know we are capable of playing at a high level. We have a bunch of guys who can put the ball in the hole."

On G Aaron Brooks:

"We feed off of Aaron. He leads the way with scoring and we just try to fit in. He’s a great player and a great point guard." 

California Head Coach Ben Braun

"I thought we had things going the way we wanted in the first half. We were executing well. That was one of the better halves we’ve had."

"It’s frustrating obviously to put those kinds of numbers on the board. Those stats are usually enough to beat most teams and it was not tonight. Give Oregon credit. They came out with an explosive second half. They hit some tough shots."

On Defending Ryan Anderson:

"Oregon did a good job. They locked down pretty well inside. We probably got a little too perimeter-oriented in the second half. As you can see, we’re pretty good when we get to the foul line.""

"We let up in the second half on transition defense. We didn’t get back and stop the transition as well as we have to and Oregon took advantage of that."

"Give Oregon credit. They made some big, big shots tonight."

"They’re (Oregon players) veterans now. I love our guys but they’re young still. These guys (Oregon players) have been through this league and it makes a difference."

"I thought we played well and they just made some big plays in the second half."

"They had to make stops in the first half and they didn’t. We had to make stops in the second half and we didn’t. It was kind of a tale of two halves."

California Player Quotes

# 24 F Theo Robertson:

"We just wanted to come out tonight and play together and play hard. We need to put together two halves to win games and tonight we didn’t do that."

"We dug ourselves a hole in the second half, and we kept telling ourselves to keep fighting but we just didn’t respond well in the second half."

"Defense it definitely something we have to work on and we had bad communication tonight."

"Oregon is just a great team. Everyone on their team can score. Our coaches kept yelling, ‘he’s a shooter, he’s a shooter’ we’ve never played a team where every guy is a threat."

# 01 G Ayinde Ubaka:

"Aaron [Brooks] made a lot of great plays, he’s just a great player overall."

"We had a defensive let down in the second half, and then they took advantage of every mistake we made."

On the crowd:

"We knew it was going to be loud, it’s one of the loudest in the Pac-10 but we can’t use that as an excuse."

"We give a lot of credit to Oregon, they’re a good team."



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