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the front line they have?
COACH MILLER: He gets credit from thepeople who know the game. That's for sure. I'msure it was very difficult to leave him off theall-conference team. But Kyle and Solomon endedup getting the nod, but that could have easily beenJesse with those two. We probably needed to wina couple more for him to get that all-conferencenod.The thing that's hard for people to realize,it's like an offensive or defensive lineman who isundersized. You can do it for a while, but whether it's in the fourth quarter of a game or on the tenthgame of the season, there is a reason why thoseguys are as big on the offensive or defensive lineas they are.Basketball inside is the same. One of thethings that we all give Jesse a lot of credit for ishe's really not worn down. He's competed againstevery team's biggest player now for about four or five months. He's learned the tricks of the trade,so to speak. Then on offense, he's really learnedto negate their size and make that an advantage.You look at him today, that's what did he.He gave us an advantage when we had the ball,and he did the best he could defensively. That'swhat he's done really all season. That's what youwant from a senior like him.
Q. Were you able to hang in there withfour fouls at the end? Was there any adviceyou had for him outside of not committing afoul?
COACH MILLER: Yeah, don't foul. At theend of a tournament I'm not going to let anyonedecide the game. These guys deserve to decidethe outcome of the game, and we're going to playthem with fouls. I think a lot of coaches do that inpostseason. It's up to them to be smart. Theyknow right from wrong.But we're going to ride them. I thinkSolomon was mad we took him out for 15 secondstoday. But that's what this is about. They havemade this their team. Tomorrow at the end of thegame we either win by our performance and their performance or we won't. But these three guysare, like I said, the heart and soul of what we do.
Q. You guys really didn't shoot the ballwell all game, but you lived on the foul line inthe second half. Can you talk about theimportance of that?
COACH MILLER: Yep. We played 18regular season games in our conference. I believewe shot the most free throws per game. If wedidn't, the team we play tomorrow is the other team, Oregon State, which gets to the line a lot.We don't do it by post-ups. We do it by driving andtrying to once again negate size versus quickness.But that was a big factor in the game, but I thoughtit was well-officiated.To me, we attacked the basket; these guysattacked the basket the right way.
Q. When you look at the stat sheet,these three guys right here, their numbers aregoing to jump out. But can you talk about whatNick was able to do? He seemed to bedetermined on some of those hustle plays andmaking great stops.
COACH MILLER: These guys will tell you,Nick is very talented. Like a lot of young players,he's learning thousands of uses that talent in agame. One of the thing that's we talked a lot toNick about after our last game against ArizonaState is really not letting a missed shot or bad playor turnover affect the next play or the next momentof the game.Kyle used to kind of be like that when hewas younger. He's really gotten to the point nowwhere nothing really bothers him. He moves oneasily, but he's a senior.What Nick did a great job of today is justthat. He didn't let any negative play affect the nextplay. All of a sudden you start seeing him jumpand make big plays to help us win. That's what heis, a play maker. He does a lot of things to helpour team. He doesn't get enough credit for playingpoint guard in the second position as a freshman.I think these guys will tell you it's hard to play twopositions in your first year. In a number of differentinstances when we've called on him, he's beenthrough.He's been on the all-freshman team of our conference. The better he plays, the better our team will be down the stretch. But you're right; Ithought he made some real key plays to uswinning.
Q. Solomon, Jesse, what was themindset coming in today knowing it's the thirdtime you're going up against UCLA, and their size has been a factor in the previous twogames. But today you guys owned the insideof the paint. Talk about the mindset coming in,or as the game unfolded, what did you see as