K-State Coach Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin
Opening Statement...
"I thought that we played well from the jump ball. We missed point-blank shots for the first three minutes or so. We got the ball where we needed to, but we just could not get them to fall early. Defensively I thought we started the game with energy. We had a few breakdowns and breakdowns drive me nuts. Our guys continue to do what they have done for the last two days, they just come out here with a tremendous amount of focus and enthusiasm, and we beat a pretty good basketball team tonight."

On how Cleveland State started the game...
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I told you guys, Gary (Waters) does not back down. They do not change what they do, they play hard no matter who they play. That was good for us and we needed it."

On defensive rebounding...
"It is hard to say that we can rebound like that every night, but we have to be closer to that than the inconsistencies we have had other times out. We can be a really good rebounding team. Defensive rebounding for us starts with not having breakdowns on that end of the floor. We have to rotate which creates help defense and in return, gives us mismatches, which makes it hard to rebound. Tonight we did not have those breakdowns so we did not have to rotate as much. At the end of the day, it comes down to effort, and I thought for the most part we tried."