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Arizona State-Oregon Postgame Quotes
Release Date: 02/08/2007
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Head Coach Ernie Kent:

"It was a battle for the entire game. Arizona State has had something like 11 games that have been this close and they are a tough team to play."

"We played at our pace in the first half and we played at their pace in the second half."

"20 wins is a benchmark for any elite program and to get them this early in the season, everyone should understand what an accomplishment that is. The next benchmark is nine wins in the conference and then the tenth and so forth."

"I thought Tajuan Porter was tremendous tonight, he seems to have regained his touch this week in practice."

"Jeff Pendergraph is a load out there on the boards and they are a very good rebounding team as a whole."

"We were playing great defense throughout the game and they were forced to take some tough shots down the stretch because we were switching well and getting up on their shots."

ASU Head Coach Herb Sendek:

"I felt that the whole team contributed to the outcome. Jeff [Pendergraph] did a tremendous job on the back boards, it was a phenomenal effort. Derek [Glasser] struggled in the first half but in the second half he gave us a big lift."

"Oregon’s Tajuan Porter played a terrific game and I think our guys did a great job continuing to battle."

"I’m really pleased with our defense and rebounding but we just didn’t shoot a high percentage ourselves."

"Our guys are putting themselves in positions to win. They have great heart and tremendous effort but unfortunately it just hasn’t translated into wins."

"It’s important for us to win, but it’s also important to stay hopeful and not get frustrated."

Arizona State Guard Derek Glasser

"One of the keys for us was [to play] 40 minutes. That's tough. I know once we reach it, we'll get that win."

"I just knew I had to come out and play with a lot of confidence."

"Every game is tough. You have to play 40 minutes to win. We have to focus and get ready for Oregon State."

"We played with a lot of heart coming down the stretch. Things will change."

Senior G Aaron Brooks

"All Pac-10 teams are great. I don’t know how they don’t have a win. They are a great basketball team. They play great defense all around."

"We made some stupid plays at the beginning of the second half, and we need to correct them. We have some improvements to make for Arizona, but I think we can make them."

"It’s good to have 20 wins, but our goal is to make the NCAA Tournament."

Freshman G Tajuan Porter

"I was just taking open shots. They were leaving me open, so I just had to concentrate and make them."

"I still have confidence, but I wasn’t expecting to shoot like that tonight."

On his performance:

"It was just a matter of me making adjustments. Making simple plays instead of complicated ones, and taking good shots."

Junior G Malik Hairston

"They were able to keep the game close, but we managed the game and got the ‘W’"

On Tajuan Porter:

"He had confidence, and carried us. After we saw that anything that touched his hand was going in, we were looking for him."

"I think we played with a sense of urgency in the first half, but we need to be able to keep up that intensity for the whole game. It was a tough game, but we can’t complain."

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