Iowa State Quotes

Kansas State vs. Iowa State
Iowa State Quotes

Head Coach Greg McDermott
Opening Statement...
"Coach Martin and I talked before the game. Our guys have been very resilient and continue to work hard in practice. They have gone into every game thinking that we can win. Sooner or later we finally got the bounce of the ball."

On Diante Garrett...
"They (K-State)were switching some ball screens and Diante took advantage of some mismatches and made some good decisions. Sometimes he went to the basket and scored and he found Scott (Christopherson) for a big three. If we shot the ball like we did today, we are talking about a much different conference record.."

Iowa State Player Quotes
Junior Forward Craig Brackins
On winning this game as opposed to other close games...
"I don't know why we won this game. We were relentless and we didn't stop. We didn't let things get to us and I felt like we missed some free throws but we nailed some at the right time. I can't really look back at the other games and why we lost. You could nit-pick a lot of stuff but we just lost those games and I'm just glad we pulled this win out."

On if there was ever panic on the bench as the second half lead shrunk...
"No they are a home team and home teams make runs and we just have to withstand it. I told them if they are going to make a run, and we came in at half time, at some point whether it's now or at the end, they are going to make a run. I think we kept our composure and we let it happen and when they would score we'd come back with something. We just held it off and on the defensive end is where we got it."

On what this win means for the team heading into the Big 12 Championship in Kansas City...
"It's a great boost. We know what we can do and we are always right there and so close. It feels good to finally know that all that hard work and being so close finally pays off to get a win."