Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head coach Bruce Weber
On surprised by focus after Baylor loss…
“No, I thought our staff did a good job. I could not be down after the game. I just told them I was proud of them, and I felt bad for them. If you sit there and pout and you get your own pity party nothing is going to happen. You have to come back. We did not do much. We had to stay overnight in Waco. We could not fly back. We did not get back until 11. We were just there about an hour and a half on Thursday – watched film, lifted weights and walked through Oklahoma State and mentally got ready. Then, I showed a little motivational video and talked about focus for the rest of the year. They came back yesterday and we were about an hour and a half of practice and they were pretty good. It is funny – Texas Tech and this game were very quiet in the locker room, but probably came out as focused as any games we have had all year. It is important that continues – that focus, that dive – every game, every win is so precious. We got to take advantage of that if we are going to make any progress as a team and get back into any kind of race. I think everyone is either 5-2 or 2-5 in the league. A lot of things can happen – Texas 4-3. A lot of good things can still happen. This was just one step, and now we got to go see if we can take another step.”

On being the best game of the year…
“You know, I do not know. Texas Tech was pretty good. Probably all around. You got balance – 89 points. Their defensive numbers were really impressive coming in and for us to get 89 and shoot 57 (FG percent) – we were over 60 (FG percent) until the last couple minutes. Those guys missed a couple shots, 50 from three, 52 from three – all around a good performance. I thought the win at Georgia was really a great win. The way we played against Missouri was pretty impressive. Going back to Columbia at that time our team, our maturity was impressive. For the timing of this, this was important for our guys and they responded.” 

On being at a magic level…
“I think we were at a magic level. Just like Oklahoma State was on a magic level against Kansas. You know, you get that feeling, but I did not think we hit crazy shots. We hit some good open shots, we shared the ball and we took advantage of their weaknesses on the defense when we were able to. I think the big thing is that we got to the paint. We made those three’s, but we got to the paint and that opens things up. We had 38 points in the paint. Wes (Wesley Iwundu) got downhill, Justin (Edwards) got downhill and Barry (Brown) got in there. That is one thing that we have really tried to emphasize. That is what Coach (Chester) Frazier talks to these guards about, ‘We got to get in the paint. We got to get downhill and that will create for everyone else.’ Then Dean (Wade) can jump in and make a shot. Stephen (Hurt) can jump up and make a shot. Then, they start worrying about Dean and Wes gets to the hoop or Justin gets to the hoop. So, good things happen if you get in the paint and share the basketball.”

Guard Wesley Iwundu
On watching teammates play…
“It was a great feeling seeing some of our teammates that do not get to play as much get out there and touch the ball and get a feel for the game. It was definitely good for us, and I am sure it was good for them too.”

On Kamau Stokes performance…
“He has definitely given us a lot these past few games. I think he is starting to come into his role and get comfortable in the position he is in. It is really benefitting our team and has been very helpful for us.” 

On winning…
“It is always good to get a win but like Coach [Bruce] Weber said we have an important game coming up in the next game. Then from here on out it does not get any easier. We want to enjoy this win tonight, but get back to work tomorrow and get focused for the next game.”

Guard Justin Edwards
On offensive success….
“I think we have been moving the ball a lot more lately. When people are hitting shots it is easier to get to the rim. I think we have been in the gym a lot, which explains why we are making shots. I think we just have to keep that up.”

On energy of team….
“We are just happy for each other. When someone is doing well, we are extremely happy. Our bench guys always tease us and say, ‘Can you guys get lead so we can get in the game,’ and that pushes us. Those guys work extremely hard too. People do not realize that they do individuals and stuff when we are not doing anything. It is rewarding to see them get in and play because you are happy for them because they do work hard.”

On Kamau Stokes performance…
“His confidence is up, and he is being very coachable. Usually, when players have really great games like that they might get an ego, but not Kamau [Stokes]. He listens to us, if me or Wes [Wesley Iwundu] get on to him, he takes it positive and he is listens all the time and that is good for a young point guard.

Oklahoma State Head coach Travis Ford
On being surprised by K-States performance...
“Both teams were teams that needed wins no doubt. We both came in on two different scenarios, they (K-State) came in off a double overtime loss, and we came in off a big win. The question was who was going to respond, and we did not respond. Give them all the credit. They got us on our heels early and our guys just did not have a whole lot of fight for some reason.

On lack of defensive communication…
“We lead the league in almost every defensive category after six games, we are usually very good defensively, but tonight Kansas State did a great job of attacking our defense”

On K-State’s Kamau Stokes…
“He is quick. He is very good at playing North-South. He can shoot especially when he gets hot. Their freshman guards can score in a variety of ways. They can drive and hurt you from the outside. He is very efficient for a freshman”

Guard Jeffrey Newberry
On breaking down in transition defense…
“Just communication. You come on the road in a tough environment and you have to communicate to keep their team low in transition points. They got out on a run and it is hard to come back when you are on the road and do not communicate and you did not come out the way you were supposed to. That is what happened. We got down early, did not limit their transition and second chance points, and that is how we found ourselves where we were.”

On K-State guard Kamau Stokes…
“He is new to the league, so this is my first year knowing him, but what I have seen from scouting reports is that the kid can definitely play. He comes off screens and hitting shots as a freshman, doing that type of stuff will lead to a bright future and is helping his team get back to where they were. Hats off to him.”

Guard Tyree Griffin
On the lack of energy coming in…
“We did not come out with the energy we were supposed to come out with. They punched us in the mouth first and I give all the credit to K-State. They deserved the win.”

On K-State’s strong defense…
“They just played really good defense tonight. They helped each other. They capitalize of all our turnovers that led to a lot of points in transition. They just played well.”