Emporia State Quotes

Head Coach David Moe
On the match up with K-State...
“They’re Big 12 players, they’re athletic and they did a great job rebounding and being athletic.”

On whether or not the team was worn down...
“Yes. We’ve been on the bus for 24 out of the last 48 hours and competed as well as we competed. We didn’t play great at times and K-State forced us into some mistakes, and they did a great job. Yes, we were probably wore out throughout the game, but we competed pretty well. I was proud of our guys and how we competed and yes, we wore out. They kept coming, but we also had a tough game the other night and there was a lot of travel which doesn’t help the situation.”

On being within 10 points with nine minutes to play...
“Well, I think we had a good look for three. We were down nine and we missed a wide open three at the top and if we make it we would have been in the game. At some point we were probably going to break. We were running on fumes coming back and K-State just keeps coming. They keep coming and they are aggressive, aggressive, aggressive. We were just hanging on and eventually we snapped and they ran away with it at the end. I felt we competed as well as we could for as long as we could.

On what the team takes away from tonight’s game...
“I think we take away the fact that we can compete and play with guys. Those guys are good, they’re athletic, they’re aggressive, they’re active. We were able to do some things we wanted to do. We battled on the boards, we battled defensively with them, we battled offensively. We ran out of gas, either they just wore us down or we just got tired.”

Forward Adam Holthaus
On whether or not the team was worn down...
“No. The first half got a little tiring just getting back into the swing of things. Overall, I don’t think we got tired.”

On K-State’s pressure defense...
“The ball pressure, like you said, you’re not going to see much around the MIAA like that. K-State did a good job of getting up in our face and pressuring us and we just couldn’t handle the press.”

On what it is about the Division I teams that brings out the best in him...
“I don’t know about that. I just go out and try to compete and I get open and get the ball.”

On comparing KU and K-State...
“They are both good teams. K-State gets out and really pressures the ball on defense and KU can score.”

Guard Lamar Wilbern
On which team was tougher to play, K-State or Kansas...
“They both were a tough match up for us. I actually think that K-State was better than KU because of their defense. They were a lot more aggressive than KU and forced a lot of turnovers on us in that second half at the end.”

On whether or not they were tired tonight...
“I thought we played pretty well. We had a game two nights ago, and I think we were a little tired from that, but that’s still not an excuse. At the end of the game their defensive aggressiveness forced us into a lot of turnovers and we ran out of gas and that was pretty much that.”

On what they can take from games against Division I opponents...
“Just to keep competing. Some things we’ve got to go back to the drawing board defensively and offensively. The biggest thing we can take from this game is our will to compete. We got down early and came back and made it a game before half and competed in the second half.  At the end of the day I think they were just more athletic and had a bigger gas tank.”

On how games against opponents like K-State and KU prepare him for the rest of the year...
“We played pretty much the best, and I feel that we will not face a team as good as either of these teams. It gives us an upside and a positive look on the upside, but we’ve still got to compete.”