Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Bruce Weber
On feelings about the game…
“We did not know what to expect and our guys did not know either because it is a whole new team. Our older guys gave us consistent and even numbers, which eased up the young guys so they could come along. I thought we struggled early and were very stagnant on offense and did not do what we practiced, but that is why we play two exhibition games. Wes got us going and got us on a nice run in the first half. The young guys did some good things but it was all new to them. From learning to deal with the fouling, to learning when to go and when not to. We got a little bit of confidence from this and we just need to continue making progress.”

On the pressure in this game compared to the scrimmages…
“We needed this game. The scrimmages are good, but there are no emotions in that because there is nobody in there. In scrimmages you play and you play hard, but I thought that we needed the feel of the crowd and the lights and TV. I thought during the second half they started to get more comfortable, especially with the younger guys. I thought the older guys did a better job in the second half as well.”

On Isaiah Maurice not on the roster…
“Isaiah [Maurice] is an NCAA academic issue. It looks like right now he will not be able to play but he has been able to practice. I do not want to say he is totally unavailable, but right now that is the case.”

On getting a big win…
“I would rather have it this way and it is key to keep our focus. The first five minutes were good but then we got a little casual but then we came back. In some ways you want the close game because you are going to have to go through that sooner or later. I think this was a good confidence building game for our guys and they look a lot more confident.”

On Austin Budke…
“He has been good in practice. He is tough, very smart and he had scholarship offers. When I met him last year he played three-man, but I knew that he was not a three-man. He is a four-man and I told him if he can accept playing smart and being physical. He makes shots, which sometimes he shoots too much, but he makes shots. I think with our lack of depth with the big guys he is going to have to take some shots.”

Junior Guard Wesley Iwundu
On first game of the season…
“It felt good. There is always a little bit of nerves going into the first game. I will say, after the first probably five minutes I kind of loosened up and got into the game and settled down and played my game.”

On his play…
“I felt good about it. I accomplished some things that I set for myself and to make the team successful. I think it is a good start for the season and I hope to keep it going.”

On how the team played…
“With all of the new guys, I felt like they were a little nervous in the beginning. As the game went on I felt like we all came together and saw what we are capable of as a team. I think guys did a good job sharing the ball with each other and showing a lot of team skills.”

Senior Guard Justin Edwards
On the beginning of the season…
“I think I have been preparing well this season, just knowing it is my last season. I have been getting in the gym a lot, helping the younger guys and getting and getting my own confidence up. I was definitely confident coming into this game.”

Emporia State Head Coach Shaun Vandiver
Opening statement…
“Tonight we came in here with the hope of really going out and apposing our will and playing our offence, and we ran it agents a team that took us out of what we wanted to do. There were signs and glimpses, but now instead of it being 10 percent or 11 percent we need to get it up to 80 percent going into our next game in Hays. We did some good things and right now our biggest is doing our job and doing what we need to do and focusing and executing our game plan.”

On tonight’s game…
“We brought out some very good new pieces, but it is going to take some more time to jell. You cannot expect Charles [McKinney], [Joshua] Oswald and Kevin [Allen] to come in and jell with Micah [Swank] and [Terrence Moore] it takes some time and you have to work on it. The biggest thing I think everyone that came to the game tonight they rushed and did things out of charter. Terrence would agree with this as soon as he got it going and found his grove he was doing the things that he need to do to lead us to a very wonderful season. We cannot spot a team 26 point and wake up and say we want to play.”

On how the team can improve…
“I defiantly expect us to compete and battle, but here is the problem when you have someone like Kevin [Allen] and Brad [Fisher] guys think that they do not have to rebound. Like I told them there is no two back in defensive rebounding. All five have to crash, and we did not do a good job of doing that. We have to understand that there is only one way to go and that is up. We have film tomorrow, we have practice, we have a great environment on campus with the football team playing Washburn and we have to keep getting better. Now we have the essential film of someone else besides ourselves that we can watch and get better from.”

Senior Guard Terrence Moore
On what K-State did to take over the game…
“It was not really them it was on us. Like coach Vandiver said I feel like we were being speed up. Certain things we have worked on. Of course when we scrimmage each other it is different color jersey. I felt it was on us, because we got sped up and spotted a team 20 and the decided to play. A good Big 12 team like that when they get you down 20 they are going to put you away.”