K-State Player Quotes

Senior Darren Kent

 

On being up 16 points and losing the lead...

“They went on a run. We weren’t guarding the ball very well and they were getting a lot of second chance opportunities on the boards and putting those in. We weren’t really getting back on transition defense and Sherron (Collins) was pushing the ball really well. They were getting open looks and knocking them down and they got back into it (the game.)

 

On the one-point lead at halftime...

“It was okay. We went on our run and you know a good team like Kansas is going to make their run eventually. We stayed positive and we knew that if we played hard and executed offensively, we would give ourselves a chance at the end. We had a chance, but there were too many breakdowns in the second half.”

 

Sophomore Jacob Pullen

 

On if the offense went stagnant late in the first half...

“You could say that. I think it was more our defense not creating offense for us. Early in the game, our defense created a lot of fastbreak opportunities. We just had them scrambling a lot in the first half. We allowed them to get several points in a row, which allowed them to get back and set their defense and we weren’t able to get shots we wanted at times.”

 

On if the loss will shake the team’s confidence...

“No. We felt that we had this game in our hands and even in the second half when we made our run to get back into the game and were down one, we thought we had that game. I don’t think that will hurt our confidence at all. As a team, we know we are capable of beating them and know that we’ll get another chance in Oklahoma City (at the Big 12 Tournament).”

 

On if the loss has post-season implications...

“Yes, it does. A loss is a loss. A loss is terrible in our lockerroom. As competitive of a team as we are, as much as we want to win, when you lose, it’s tough. We’ve got to get over it and move on and get ready for the next game. Last year, we had a good home record. This year, we’ve got to finish strong because we’ve lost a few games at home.”

 

Junior Denis Clemente

 

On the change in momentum following his technical foul...

“Yes (it was a mistake). That’s what I said to coach. We were down by two and then I got a technical foul and they shot two free throws and we were down by four. Then they got the ball back and shot a three and we were down by seven. We go down and miss and then they come back and shoot a three and take a 10-point lead. I think that’s the game right there.”