Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement...
“Really proud of our kids. I got pretty fired up before the game and they responded. I thought we played as good a first half as we have all year - 13 assists on 14 field goals. I thought our defense was very good. We had a little bit of screw ups down the stretch of the first half. To their credit, they turned it up a notch, but we still had 23 assists on 26 field goals. We had our chances. We had a couple plays where they made some big shots. (King) McClure and (Al) Freeman had big ones. Sometimes it is hard for our kids to accept we have lost six games to No. 1, No. 3, No. 6, No. 9, and now No. 13 and then Iowa State No. 19. We have been there in a lot of the games, we just have not found a way to win. My heart goes out to our kids and I hope they stick with it. I used the Chiefs analogy a couple weeks ago when someone asked if we wanted to be 1-5 and I said ‘no, but we are so we have to deal with it’ and hopefully we can respond like the Chiefs did and go win a bunch of games in a row. It is not going to be easy. We have to get ready for Saturday against a tough Oklahoma State team who had a huge win yesterday against Kansas and we are going home and have to play with that same intensity. ”

On if these losses are getting old...
“Not the effort and how they have played. I did not like Iowa State. I did not think that we played hard and that is why I got fired up before the game. I thought that today we played hard and played with heart. Sometimes life sucks, sometimes it is not always far. There are a lot of people that have more problems than us being 1-5. We have a good young group and guys stepped up. If we play like this then we are going to win games, but we have to play like this all the time.”

On the closeness of their losses...
“I am crying inside, but I have to help them. It is was it is. I could not ask more out of the kids. I asked more than what they gave at Iowa State. I did not think we gave the effort we needed to, but tonight they gave everything. I just hope they keep going. Dean (Wade) has lost a little confidence, it is a big jump for him and he will get better.”

On Baylor’s perimeter defense in the second half...
“I think they just picked up their intensity. We probably got a little tired. We did not execute quite as well. We are still young. Barry (Brown) has played so well but he did not see it. We got a little sticky fingered. There were possessions with maybe one or two dribbles. They adjusted, Scott (Drew) is a good coach. People do not give him enough credit. He does a good job.”

Freshman Kamau Stokes
On tonight’s game...
“We fought hard the entire game and it came down to finishing. We needed to get stops when they were needed.”

On the first half offense...
“We have been practicing for that. We have been in the gym working on our offense and today we came out and executed like we were supposed to. ”

Junior D.J. Johnson
On tonight’s game...
“It was full of ups and downs. They went on some runs then we went on some runs. They are a good team. We did our best and fought our way back in the second half and first overtime.”

On defending Rico Gathers...
“I did my best. He is a big guy so I did my best to keep him occupied and made sure someone else would grab the rebound and make sure that he did not.”

Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew
Opening Statement…
“In the Big 12 there is no easy game, and there is no game where if you don’t bring you're a-game you don’t give yourself a chance to win, and I thought over the first 15 minutes of the game, K-State got to every loose ball and rebound, and the last five minutes of the first and second half we did a much better job of being intense. We kind of switched up what we were doing defensively to get guys going more, but I think K-State really came out and battled. I think our guys did a great job of not allowing a lead to get too big to where we couldn't come back. At the end of the day, a game like this gives you a lot to learn from, but you’d rather be teaching from a win than a loss.”

On the lead being up to 10 at the end of the first half and getting it down to six by half...
“Very important because K-State doesn’t play a lot of possessions in a game, they’re shorter possessions, so you have to make the most of them. A 10-point lead against them might be like a 20-point lead against a team that plays faster. Getting that down to six and a two-possession game was manageable, plus getting some momentum going into half.”

On how it feels to win a double overtime game that puts you in first place in the Big 12...
“Winning close games makes the difference between good years and average or bad years, and you’re not going to win them all but you want to win your share of them. I thought Lester (Medford), TP (Taurean Prince), Rico (Gathers) really did a good job down the stretch keeping everybody focused. Al (Freeman) hadn’t played his best basketball and at the end of the game he really came up big with some transition buckets. Free-throw wise we’re not in this position if we make our free throws. We’re not in this position if we don’t turn the ball over, so credit them for causing that but there is no defense on the free-throw line so we have to do a better job. We were first in the conference, and I’d be surprised if we still are. Rico was shooting free throws really well for a minute there and we got to get him back on track because he’s put in the work and he’s a better free-throw shooter than he was tonight.”

Senior Taurean Prince
On coming back when they were down 10 at one point...
“I think it was great leadership by Rico. Like Lester said, it’s the guys who have been here three or four years, knowing that we’ve been there before and came back twice when we were down by 10, most recently at Iowa State. It was a place we’ve been before and we knew we had to get stops in order to get it going. I think we ended up getting five stops in a row and capitalizing on offense, which gave us the lead back.”

On being tired in overtime...
“Yes, I was dead tired. That’s the first time I’ve been in double OT overall in my career, but it was a good experience. It teaches you how to persevere over certain situations and bond together with your brothers, and that’s the thing you need over the course of a season, especially in the Big 12 where anybody can win on any given night.”

Senior Al Freeman
On coming alive in overtime and what happened there...
“Honestly the first 40 minutes I was just struggling, but I was really just happy with how my teammates were playing. Even though I was struggling, they were able to put the ball in the hole and they were able to get stops. King (McClure) did a great job. He really made some big-time shots and I’m really proud to see him step up like that. I think that just shows how deep our team is, and how many contributors we can have in a game on a nightly basis. I think we had four or five guys close to double figures, and to me, I’m just really happy with how they played.”

On how it felt to break loose a little in OT...
“When I got that first layup I felt like a light was shining or something. It felt really good. I was happy. I think in overtime, the team that scores first gets a momentum advantage, so that's what I was really looking forward to, scoring first in overtime to get that and set the tone.”

Senior Lester Medford
On a matter of finding the hot hand, especially in overtime...
“Yeah, just finding anybody who is going to hit a shot out there. That one play where I drove to the right elbow and he (Freeman) hit a big three, we really needed that shot. It’s just a matter of trusting your teammates and making that open pass.”

On shot he took at the end of regulation and how he felt about it...
“Yeah it was a good look, and it kind of teased me a little bit when it hit the back of the rim, then the front, then came out. It was a good look and we got it done in overtime.”