Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head coach Bruce Weber
On the game... 
"I anticipated a hard-fought game. They've had a lot of close games outside of the Kansas game where they kicked their butt. Baylor came down to the last couple of plays, Iowa State came down to the last couple of plays, against Oklahoma Carroll's shot bounces off the rim, Texas Tech went to overtime. Travis, with losing a couple of players, one for the whole year and one for a while now, has done a good job of keeping them together and making them compete and play hard.

On the lack of emotion on the K-State team...
"I told our guys we have to have heart, it's Valentine's Day weekend, we had to have heart, determination, energy, emotion. I don't know where our emotion is right now, it's disappointing."

On the chance coming into the game to get a road win...
"I don't think there was any doubt, but you have to play well. We didn't play well enough to win, we didn't make the plays. I kept telling them I'd take a one-point ugly win because that's what I was anticipating and hoping for, but we just didn't get it."

Senior Justin Edwards
On how frustrating the outcome was...
"It was very frustrating. I feel like we came out slow and if we came out with a little more aggression and effort it could have been a different scenario, but I guess it is what it is."

On the lack of emotion...
"I really don't know. I don't know if we've hit a wall or what we need to do, but we have to find something to get everyone's emotions going."

On finishing the games...
"We just have to stop spotting teams leads. I feel like all of those games where we've taken teams to double-overtime, we gave them 10-point leads or 16-point lead. So I feel like we spot teams too much on the road and it's hard to come back, so if we don't spot them, we can pull away."

Oklahoma State Head coach Travis Ford
On today's win...
"I'm obviously proud. We've been through a lot and I feel bad for them because they hear the same things that I hear. I've been here eight years and one thing I've been impressed with at Oklahoma State is how tight knit the family and fan base it. I've coached at four different universities and played at different universities, but the support you get here is unbelievable."

On today's performance...
"We didn't play great, but we played hard and played with a lot of grit and a lot of fight. We moved onto the next play and didn't worry about the last one. We lost ourselves in the game and tuned everything out."

On Jeff Newberry...
"I brought Jeff in earlier in the week and told him that it was my fault that he wasn't playing well. I had talked to him about picking up some of the scoring load since Jawun (Evans) was out and that wasn't right. I put too much pressure on him to an extent and it got him out of what makes him great because he started forcing the issue. What makes him great is when he's locked in on defense and rebounding. He's one of the few players that can affect the game in a lot of different ways."

On Joe Burton's effect on today's game...
"It lets you spread the floor out when you have Joe Burton and Leyton Hammonds in the game together. It was based on their matchups to an extent and also how they guard ball screens. We made adjustments from our first game against them. We did a good job of changing up our offense as far as spacing and cutting to open up some drives and reversal threes. I thought Joe also did a great job of defending."

On the final play of regulation...
"I did a quick prayer because I hoped that it counted, but I didn't think it did. Based off the how the year has gone, I didn't think it was going to count and that's when I grabbed our guys and told them we needed to move on. Jeff Newberry came over and told me it wouldn't count, so I think that really helped and got our guys' minds back into it."

Senior Jeff Newberry 
On his performance...
"I'm not really big on bragging about myself," Newberry said. "My teammates just kept me into it and I knew I needed to come out with some energy. I know what I can do defensively and I just came out and tried to get a few deflections. I tried to get aggressive early and see if my shot was falling and my teammates and my coaches stayed behind me and kept me going. I didn't play as good of a game as I wanted to on the offensive end, but our created offense for us."

On getting the win... 
"Emotionally, we're happy," Newberry said. "We needed that one bad. It's never good when you're losing and we went on the stretch that we did with not getting win and people saying what they were saying and stuff of that nature. It's just felt good as a team. We always believe in each other regardless and for us to go out and get that win is big for our morale but we can't sit up here and dwell on that for too long. We've got Kansas coming up on Monday. They're a team that we beat pretty badly so they're going to be ready to come in and we're going to have to get focused on that."

On his buzzer-beater that didn't count...
"That's usually something that's been happening to us these past couple of weeks where a shot like that would go in," Newberry said. "When I hit it I knew I didn't get it off in time. I was telling everybody to calm down, but if it was good it would've been a great feeling. That's like a shot you dream of as a kid, so that would've been a good feeling if it did count."

Sophomore Tavarius Shine
On providing a lift for the team...
"I was mainly just taking whatever they would give us," Shine said. "Whatever they gave me I just did took it. I was trying to take contested shots. Coach [Travis] Ford and my team always say shoot the ball, so I just tried to come in and shoot as best as I could."

On going to the end of the shot clock...
"If it gets down that late, we just want to take a good shot at the end of the day," Shine said. "If gets down to 30 seconds and we have to run a screen and pop or something like that well we don't really think about it. We've just got to move on to the next play."

On bouncing back after several close losses...
"It's been rough. It's been a good learning experience for our team. From taking losing at the buzzer on a layup, it's been tough, but it's made us even hungrier to get back in and keep working. When we get back into that predicament it won't happen again."