Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
On the game... 
“Our kids, I’m proud of them. We’ve had some adversity obviously. We have a couple players out. We’ve lost some close games, keep coming back. I think we had a great game plan. Coach Lowry does a great job, he understands what Kansas does and our kids bought in. We defended really well early, that was going to be our key, our only chance here is to really defend well and make them earn baskets. I think we did that. We talked about keeping the ball moving and spacing which we did a pretty good job of. I thought our first two or three possessions were as good as we’ve had all year. We get a little sticky fingers sometimes and try to make things happen, but to their credit they turned it up. 

There were crucial calls at the end of the half, but our guys come back and cut it to two. Corby has a lay-up, not an easy lay-up, and then they go on a 15-0 run and we just wore down mentally and physically. Then obviously we had too many turnovers, you can’t have 23 on the road and expect to win a game against a very good team. Perry Ellis is special, he’s very, very good. I thought we did a decent job on him and he had 19 points, 3-for-3 from three. He’s so patient and takes what people give him. Then I thought Svi (Mykhailiuk) was key. He goes 10 points, four assists and did some really good things for them.”
 
On team running out of gas towards the end of the game...
“I think we got tired, there is no doubt. You have to fight through it. We obviously had some foul trouble.”
 
On Stephen Hurt’s jumper to make it a two point game with 12 minutes to go before Kansas’ run...
“They stepped up their pressure a little bit, the crowd got into it and then we had turnovers and gave them some easy baskets. Then they went into their ball screen thing, which we had done such a good job guarding in the first half, but we stopped reading it in that stretch.”
 
On message to the team at half...
“We have to keep coming back, we’re good enough. We led for 16 minutes. We’re good enough to play, we have to win the next four. We win the next four and we have to win the next four. But to their credit, they stepped it up and made plays.”
 
On not getting many calls before halftime...
“I told myself that I can’t get mad. I tried to keep my poise, and for 16-minutes I didn’t say a word to them, but I can’t let the kids get frustrated. You have to fight through it, you have to be tougher than that. You have to take care of the ball and you have to finish. That’s all you can do.”

Junior Forward Wesley Iwundu 

On how Kansas came back in the first half...
“We just kind of got sticky fingers on offense. It caused us to slip on defense. Coach (Weber) said we can’t let our offense determine our defense, and I think that happened. They went on a little run and caught up to us.”

On fighting past tough foul calls...
“You know, it’s a road game. It’s what is expected. I just tried to tell the guys, ‘Keep your composure, keep your head because we’re not getting calls on the road – especially in Allen Fieldhouse.’ It’s a tough place to play.”

On if he felt like the team played better than the score suggests...
“I would say so. I felt like the small things let the game slip away. Things we’re told to do every day, defensive habits we kind of lost. It caused the game to open up a bit, and we looked up and they were up 14 and took off from there.”

Senior Forward Stephen Hurt
On if the team just needs to move on to the next game...
“That has pretty much been our team motto all year. Try to keep what’s in front of us, in front of us, and keep what’s behind us, behind us. Keep progressing. I feel like we did a good job, we just have to make the plays toward the end of the game. That’s been getting us every game. It’s still a work in progress, we have a long way to go. But everybody is focused and ready to go. We have a big game this weekend and we have to be ready for that.”

On what the biggest difference was without Kamau Stokes in the lineup...
“Obviously shooting. He’s one of our best shooters, he knocks down clutch shots. Carlbe (Ervin II) and Barry (Brown) stepped up, played a lot of point. Wesley (Iwundu), Justin (Edwards), all of our guards had to take more of role in bringing the ball up and handling the press. Everybody did a great job.”

On what led to posting a double-double...
“Just playing looser. Quit worrying about how I’m playing and just play, and do what the team needs.”

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self
On the final play of the game...
"Brannen Greene, we've put up with him doing some stuff in the past, but that was probably the biggest [knucklehead] move I've ever had a player do during a game. To dunk the ball like that when the other team – even their players are going, 'How disrespectful to the game.' It certainly showed unbelievably poor sportsmanship. I apologize to K-State and their players. I guarantee that will never happen again or he will never be in the game at the end of the game."

On the play of Svi Mykhailiuk...
"I thought Svi did good. Considering they just totally out-played us and they out-competed us – our guys were so soft. They dominated us on the glass. That's a team that's minus-three in the league in rebounding and we're plus-five or whatever in the league in rebounding and to get dominated like that is embarrassing. Svi did do good. Obviously Frank (Mason III) struggled, Wayne (Selden, Jr.) was a no-show and certainly Perry (Ellis) kind of got it going a little bit. I thought our bench did a nice job, particularly in the first half and I thought Svi played very well the entire game."

On the struggles starting halves in recent contests...
"First of all our guards didn't come ready to play and our big guys can't be so soft. If you look at the rebounding – 36-to-21 – our big guys couldn't have played any softer. Our guards don't rebound. I'm so pissed right now that we represented the way we did at the end. I thought K-State came really ready to play and I certainly thought we did not come ready and to be up by 10 at halftime when we had played so poorly was a testament to the guys that were in the game at the end of the half. To give the lead back, because obviously the same guys that weren't ready to start the game obviously weren't ready to start the second half. We kind of got it together after they tied it up, I think at 45-45. I certainly take responsibility too because I didn't have our team ready to play and ready to compete. Bruce (Weber) and his staff did a great job getting their guys ready to play."

Senior Forward Perry Ellis
On what he needed to do on offense to get going after Kansas' slow start...
"We just needed to calm down. I came out playing a little too fast."

On Kansas' defense and causing turnovers...
"I think our defense was good at times but it can still be better. I feel like we definitely pressured them at times."

On what K-State did at the beginning of the game that was so effective...
"They clogged the lane very good and that didn't allow us to drive. I feel like that hurt a little bit, especially early."

On what he thought of Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk's performance...
"I thought he played great. He came out and played hard and that led to some good things for us."

On where he feels his three-point game is at...
"I feel like it is pretty high. I've been working on it, trying to get a lot of shots up. I try to take good three-point shots in the game."

On why he is beginning to shoot more threes in the game...
"I'm not doing anything different. I just try to stay within our offense and find the open spot. My teammates do a good job of finding me and I'll knock it down."

On being outrebounded by 15 tonight...
"Coach Self mentioned that. That is something that we can't allow to happen. That is a total team effort so that is something we need to do a better job of."

On if he and Kansas State forward Dean Wade have played against one another before...
"I've never played against him. This was my first time and he is going to be a good player."

On if Coach Self encourages him to shoot more threes than he already is...
"Coach Self doesn't really say much about it. I know he has confidence in my ability to shoot the three, so I try to take good shots."

Sophomore Guard Svi Mykhailiuk
On coming entering the game after playing sparingly in recent contests:
"I'm just trying to work hard at every practice and be mentally ready, because I know when my time comes, I have to be ready."

On his performance against K-State...
"I don't think it was great, but I think I played pretty well. My defense was pretty good, drove the ball a couple of times and took some open looks."

On the crowd chanting 'Svi' when he plays...
"It's nice to hear the crowd yelling your name and I think it gives me a lot of energy."