K-State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin

On his decision to limit Beasley’s minutes because of foul trouble...

“I’m stubborn. Throughout my whole high school career if someone picked up two fouls in the first half, they were done. It’s just the way I’ve always done it. I did that early in the year against George Mason. For those of you that remember, we were up 20 to 15 when he picked up his second foul and I was stubborn because that’s the way I’ve always done it. I didn’t play him again. We ended up getting down by nine at one point. It’s part of my growth and trust in our players. More importantly it’s a credit to Mike that he continued to play at a high level and not commit any stupid or silly fouls. All the other guys Darren Kent went in and made a three and defended the heck out of the low post. Then Blake Young goes out and gets nine rebounds on a day where Mike’s minutes were down in the first half. He (Beasley) was so tied up wrestling those big guys that he couldn’t get as many rebounds as he usually gets. I’m proud of our guys because it is a sign of growth. We couldn’t have won that game back in November and our guys have grown.”

 

On K-State’s first half defense...

“I thought we defended well in the first half. We had three major breakdowns on three possessions and Texas A&M made us pay on all three. Two of them were three pointers by their three-point shooter (Josh) Carter. We talked about that at the half. You guys don’t watch us practice, but I try to tell you guys what we are like. They come in and they go after each other in practice. They have an unbelievable will to win, to grow and to compete. I’m proud of them because we’ve grown. Like I told them in the locker room, the room for growth is still tremendous and something we have to continue to work at.”

 

On the important win...

“It’s a credit to our kids. Mike, Bill, Jacob those guys didn’t come here to lose. They came here because of all the intangibles Huggins, the tradition, the ability to be able to come in here and play together. When you couple that with guys like Blake, Clent, Darren Kent, Luis Colon all those guys that made the decision to come be a part of what we do. I talked to them about that. Matt Figger is a walking history numbers machine. Everyday we talk as a team he comes up with a different number about K-State history. Our guys have taken on that challenge to carry the torch to make K-Staters proud of our basketball program again.”