Kansas State Player Quotes

Senior Guard Akeem Wright

On defending Vermont guard Mike Trimboli ...

“Coach Martin compared him to Jarrius Jackson a little bit because he drives baseline a lot and uses screens so well. He really provides a lot of offense for his team so I tried to get up on him and pressure him.”

 

On the team’s thoughts being down late in the game...

“I knew these guys weren’t going to let up and quit or anything like that. We had some great shots, we just didn’t make any. They came down, executed their offense and got a lead. We just needed to step our intensity up on defense. We pressed a little bit...were able to get some turnovers that lead to baskets.”

 

On letting Vermont get back in the game...

“I don’t think we took them lightly. We just got up a little bit and started to rest a little. You can’t do that with a team like that they’re excited to be here and they’re going to keep playing and come in here and bring a lot of energy. I just think we got down a little bit after we went up by eight points. They just kept coming and kept coming and made their shots.”

 

On possible lingering effects of missing the NCAA Tournament...

“Sunday, it was hard for us, but Monday it was right back to work. We’ve got a great opportunity now to do something big in the NIT. We just have to put that behind us right now and come out and play hard.”

 

Junior Guard Blake Young

On his big three-pointer late in the game...

“I saw that I was open and took it. I hit that in practice all the time most of the time and I had the opportunity to shoot it. I was open and thought that I was going to hit it and I hit it.”

 

On the crowd...

“It’s a great feeling when you have your fans behind you. When we got down, they kept cheering us along. It was a big boost. It got us excited and we started getting to the ball, started getting them to turn it over and came back. We made big shots down the stretch.”