University of Colorado Head Coach Tad Boyle
"That was an ugly win, we have got to get better offensively. We only put up 44 shots to their 58 and we had some silly turnovers, but again, you take a win on the road. I thought that there were a couple key performances tonight; number one: Andre [Roberson] was terrific on [Washington State's Brock] Motum tonight as he made him work for everything. He is the difference in the game defensively, people are going to look at his stat line and maybe say 'Oh Andre had an off night' but he didn't have an off night on defense. They were obviously boxing him out, they were face guarding him and being physical with him, but he was driven. Number two: Xavier Johnson, really gave us great minutes tonight and got inside and he is a beast down there. And then 'Ski [Booker] made some shots when he had to make shots. He's three-for-eleven so his efficiency is not very good but two of his three that he made were big shots in the second half and then he had a great assist to Xavier [Johnson] and that is where we kind of blew it open."
On Defensive Performance
"Well, we held Washington to 33 percent (shooting from the field) the other night, but they had 15 offensive rebounds, and again tonight (WSU) had 11 offensive rebounds. I would like to see that shrunk in half and were talking five or six offensive rebounds for the game and then were talking. But, you hold a team to under 40 percent from the field, and they shot the lights out against Utah, now they missed some shots especially early that they are capable of making. But, one of the things we had on the board before we took the floor was 'whatever it takes', you know we are on the road we are scratching for anything positive, whatever it takes whether it is a box out or a play on the shot or making plays for each other. Whatever it takes we have got to do whatever it takes to win and our guys did that."
On Offensive Struggles
"I think we've lost a little confidence, and what is really frustrating to me is that I see us in practice and I see us moving the ball and playing aggressive. Then, in games it's almost like we're afraid to make mistakes, we are passing up good shots and taking worse shots and a lot of that comes down to decision making. I don't know, I think we might have to pull out some film of earlier in the season and say 'hey guys, this is the same team, the same guys'. We'll get it figured out, we have good players and we have to play to our ability and right now we are not playing to our ability. Defensively, we are doing everything we ask them to do, but offensively we can be more efficient. With that being said, we still shot almost 48 percent in the second half but it's just not flowing."
On Returning To Early-Season
"It has left us and we have to find it, and we will. I just told our players, the thing we have to focus on, and it can't be any different today than it was on Wednesday after Washington is that we have to figure out a way to get better. Individually as a player on this team, as a coach I have to look internally and look myself in the mirror, and then as a team we have to just keep getting better. And if we do that, and we get our mojo back, we need to get a little bit of our swagger back that we have lost a little bit and we can beat anybody in this league. We got to get it back, and we're coming home to play the Bay Area schools and my mindset right now is what do we need to do on Monday in practice to get better and what do I need to do to help this team and help each individual player because that is my job and we just have to stick together on this thing. I told our players in the locker room that we have one senior and we have to play for him. We have to play for Sabatino [Chen]; that young man has given us everything he's got and I know our players love him and respect him and we have to play with a passion and an energy for him. Because, I think in life sometimes we think about ourselves a lot. As a coach, I feel sorry for myself because our team isn't playing well right now, well forget it because we have to do whatever we need to do to make this the best senior year for Sabatino, that's where our focus needs to be. I think when you play for someone outside of yourself, maybe you can find some inspiration or some passion that we don't have right now."
University of Colorado Student-Athletes
Freshman, Forward, Xavier Johnson
"Our mission was to come into the game and play hard and be physical with these guys and that's what we did and we came away with the victory."
On WSU's Brock Motum
"He's kind of like me because he is a left handed guy and goes strong to the basket as well as shoots the three so he is very versatile and I had to play him straight up."
On Key to the Game
"I think it was mostly just playing hard, that's what our mentality was, to come out and play our hardest and just come out with a passion. They were 1-3 and we were 1-4 (in Pac-12 play) so both of us needed the win, and we just came out and played hard and got the victory."
On Schedule Coming Up
"Stanford and Cal are great teams but so are we, we just have to battle and come up with victories."