K-State Player Quotes

Freshman Forward Michael Beasley
On almost letting the lead slip away...
“We started to celebrate early. We were up 15 and we just relaxed. They started coming back. We can’t do that ever. We were up 10 or 15 against Missouri and they came back and beat us. We didn’t want that to happen for two straight losses, especially a loss at home.”

On his early first half scoring...
“They just weren’t guarding me. I don’t know why. Maybe that was their game plan, I don’t know. They weren’t guarding me and I was hitting open shots.”

Freshman Guard Jacob Pullen
On helping out in the absence of Clent Stewart...
“We were just trying to get a win for Stew. It’s tough when one of your team leaders isn’t there. I tried to make shots. I tried to control the team. I tried to do things that Stew would do to make up for his absence.”

Sophomore Guard Chris Merriewether
On the absence of Clent Stewart due to his mother’s death...
“Clent’s mom was one of our biggest supporters. She would be at a lot of road games. Last year she went to Las Vegas. I think we definitely had to come out here and try to get a big win for her. I think we were playing for her tonight.”

On getting more minutes tonight...
“I feel like I practiced hard this week. Coach Figger told us that we had to have an “E” game today. We had to play with energy, effort and enthusiasm. So when I got out there, I tried to do the small things. I tried to help my teammates out the best I could and help us win. Especially with the absence of Stew, a team leader, point guard, starter he’s been playing really well as of late. It definitely hurts your team when you lose a guy like that. So I just came in and tried to help as much as I could.”