Kansas State Player Quotes

Senior Guard Clent Stewart

On the win...

“It was a good win. It kind of takes me back to my sophomore year when we beat them at their place. That was a great win as well. It was nice to get them at home. It makes it sweeter having the fans here. K-State people they take the game personally. KU-K-State is a big rivalry.”

 

On what KU did...

“One thing that KU does well is they get out and get three spurts a game and one of them is at the beginning of the game. They try to get up on you early and try to make you play catch up the rest of the way. For us to get up and make some shots early really helped. Even when they did go on runs, someone stepped up and made a big shot or made a big defensive play and kept our team together and got us up.”

 

Freshman Forward Bill Walker

On the win...

“People act like there’s just one team in Kansas. We had a chance to show there isn’t. I just remember going on those Catbacker tours and listening to those people in Garden City, Kansas, and all the other places I went all they wanted was to beat KU. I felt, with Mike (Beasley) promising a win, we had nothing to lose coming into this game. “

 

On the crowd...

“My ears were ringing when I finally got back into the locker room. It makes it hard on an opposing team to come in here and listen to the coach. They were a big part of the game tonight.”

 

On K-State’s defense...

“I don’t know if we took them out of what they wanted, but we made them take some hard shots and we just tried to rebound the ball. We know they’re a great rebounding team. We thought that, if we won the rebounding war, then we could win the game. We won and we won rebounding.”

 

Freshman Forward Michael Beasley

On backing up his guarantee...

“I knew my team was capable of beating anybody. We showed that tonight.”

 

On KU’s defense...

“It was tough. They defend as a team. There is no one-on-one. As soon as I touched the ball, as soon as I stepped in the paint, there were two or three guys around me. It was tough, but I had some help from my teammates knocking down open shots, cutting and getting open, and rebounding my misses. It was tough.”

 

On the growth of the freshmen...

“Like I said last game, every win is a stepping stone, a learning point for us freshmen. We are obviously a young team, but we have good wins under our belt. We just knocked off a Final-Four caliber team. It’s a learning point.”

 

Freshman Guard Jacob Pullen

On his big basket late...

“Yes, it was a dagger, but we were already in the lead. We just had to keep doing what we were doing to maintain the lead, and that’s what we did.”