Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
On Wesley’s performance…
“I have had some individual meetings this week and one was with Wes [Iwundu]. I challenged him, his shot was better, and I said I think you forgot who you are and what you’ve been. I told him you should have a triple-double sometime soon. I said Frank Mason did it last week and I said if you have a motor and do those things, you’ll get your points and help us be successful. He did a lot of good things. Second half, obviously the turnovers were not good and Wes was a part of that – they were all part of that. I want them to learn how to play. When you play on the road and you play good teams, they don’t let you run your stuff. You have to play basketball and make plays. I’ve been excited about our ball movement and today we had sticky fingers, especially in the second half.”

On the first half being encouraging…
“It was good. We even talked about it and the one positive is the versatility as a team. A lot of different guys who can handle the basketball, much different than a year ago. Barry [Brown] is much better, Carlbe [Ervin II] is more confident, Wes got that experience with Kamau [Stokes] being out last year helped all those guys. When Kamau is with them, it is going to help us. We were hoping things would go a little smoother the second half, they didn’t, but that’s credit to Coach Chipman and his guys. He has a good team this year. I think they are going to be good in that league. They pushed us, so it was good for our guys.”

On transitions…
“I thought second half we didn’t kick it ahead enough. The versatility, we have a lot of guys who can handle it. We got a lot of weapons and part of it was Wes [Iwundu] got rebounds. I just think we held on to the ball a little bit too much but transitions are something that when I say “play basketball,” that’s part of playing basketball. Since the summer through now, that’s what we are trying to get better at.”

Senior Guard Wesley Iwundu
On what was working in the first half…
“Coach emphasized all week that this would be a challenge for us. They played a tough game at KU. He told us this wouldn’t be a light team. This was a better game than our first exhibition game. We just wanted to come out and play with good energy.”

On developing his jump shot…
“Yes, it was working for me early on. I started missing a few in the second half but it’s a confidence thing. You just got to keep shooting them and they will start going in.”

On Washburn taking an early lead…
“Yes, we kind of started off a little slow, then when we went on that run it was a positive for us and we just went from there.”
On Washburn in the second half…
“I think it was more of us throwing ourselves off. We kind of came out with a few turnovers, and they capitalized off of that. If anything I would say it was our fault for the slow second half start, and it’s just something we need to fix moving ahead.” 

Sophomore Guard Barry Brown
On directing focus to the real games…. 
“I think it was good just for experience for our young guys and some of the players that came back like me. We are just going to watch film and capitalize on the things we messed up on defensively and offensively and make them a strength in the regular season.” 

On his performance for exhibition games….
“I am just trying to do whatever to help my team honestly, my teammates are doing a good job of getting me open, and helping me get open shots.” 

Washburn Head Coach Bob Chipman 
On his team’s performance in second half tonight ….
“I am proud of our guys. Our defense was really aggressive and really good on the ball… We are usually really good in transition and we did that tonight… It was a great effort by our guys, that’s the kind of defense you want to play against Kansas State. ”

On his playing career at Kansas State…
“There are just so many memories here… The two Big 8 Championships, being one game away from the Final Four and just playing with such an unbelievable group of guys. After 43 years, we have had a couple of reunions recently… I will never forget my teammates and Coach Hartman as well.”

On receiving a gift from Kansas State…
“What a wonderful gift. That is so cool that Coach Weber, (athletics director) John Currie and Kansas State did that. That is very special to Carol (Chipman’s wife) and I… I haven’t been able to get back here that much because of me being at Washburn. We’ll probably use it to go somewhere warm, but what a nice gift… It couldn’t have been better.”