Ben Howland on Lazeric Jones play against USC:
“It’s two games, really, because it affected him against Washington when he hurt it. That one you understand, because he was uncertain about what took place. In this last game, he was pressing a little bit early. My whole thing is for him to understand that his affect on the team is much more than just growing points. Most kids growing up judge themselves on scoring or not scoring; point guards can’t do that in terms of evaluating themselves.
“It’s not healing any time soon here.”
Howland on Malcolm Lee:
“Malcolm always has the responsibility of guarding the other team’s best player. That immediately takes an incredible amount of energy. He didn’t have one of his better games offensively against USC. Prior to that he’d averaged 17 points over his last five or six games. I think he’ll bounce back. We’re going to see all zone this week – against Oregon State either the 1-3-1 or their 2-3 matchup – so he’s going to get open shots. He has to look plays off the dribble and penetrate.”
Howland on the comments on officiating:
“His comments about the officiating were totally in poor judgement. I admonished him for that. You cannot do that. That was really, really bad. As I explained to him, there’s only one foul that wasn’t a foul that was called on Josh.
“The other fouls were all fouls. They were all good fouls.”
Howland on Brendan Lane
“He’s got to give us better minutes. One rebound in 20 minutes….
Howland on the Bruins having scoring droughts:
“Going to Washington State, I thought our whole first half was suspect. We let the game get away from us against Washington just in those last five minutes of the first half. Mistakes become that much bigger when they come against big teams. As I look and watch our teams in the league; Washington State is really good. No question when we play Washington State, it was really to our benefit that they were on the road for about 12 days. Our league is much better than it’s being given credit for.
“In terms of our lulls, the last two games we really struggled on offense. Eighteen and 19 baskets. First half we shot 57 percent against USC and did a good job, second half, not nearly as good.”
Howland on Mac Court:
“Mac Court, my memories go all the way back to being a player there. I have great memories of Mac Court. That’s really a special venue, and in many ways, you’re sad to see it go.”