Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement…
“We did some good things, but we have a lot to learn. For our young guys it is a learning process and I am not making excuses, but it is always tough the second exhibition game. Last week we came in and had a little bit of nerves, ready to play and prove something. This week, probably not quite there and then maybe the worst thing happened was jumping out on them like that. Now you go four-for-four from three, well, we were five-for-seven to start, get up 17- to-four and then we lost a little bit of that edge. We fell in love with the three a little bit. We had some sticky fingers and did not move the basketball. To their credit, they just competed. They were a well-coached team and we knew that. Their coach does a great job and the kids know how to play. We just had too much physical size for them. So it was a good learning opportunity for our younger guys. Again, our older guys carried us. Wes [Iwundu] has almost the same line as last time. Free throws you wish would have been a little better and he could have had maybe 20 points, but he did not have the assists. Last time he had six assists, and that is what I was talking about with the sticky fingers. Not just him, but a lot of guys. Justin [Edwards] had some real good moments. He has got to be able to do it continuously. He went hard for like two minutes and I do not want to take him out, but I have to he is going to be relaxed. I could just see it in his body language. He had 14 points and five rebounds and then Stephen Hurt finally had some inside things. We got to get some layups. Same thing with Dean [Wade]. I think Dean has got to get some layups. We got to get some layups from some guards even. We feel in love with that three ball, but we held a team to 34-percent shooting and 52 points. They did not have a double-digit scorer again for two weeks in a row. So we did some good things, but obviously we have to get better.”

On sparks off of the bench…
“That second half I did not think that first group came out and competed. They took it to us. Last week we took it to them the first five minutes of the second half. Barry [Brown] hit the big three’s, but he cannot go three-for-eleven. It is great he made a couple, but you do not shoot yourself out of slumps. You work to get better shots and go three-for-three, go get layups and all that stuff. And they are still rushing. Just be solid, basic, jump stop, lay it in, get fouled, shoot free throws. Austin [Budke] has got to learn  what he can do and what he cannot. He has been great for us. He had nine points, five rebounds and plays his butt off. Barry is going to be good. He missed four days and he just kind of lost his mojo a little bit and we just got to get it back.”

On preparing for next week’s game…
“We got to get better offensively. I think last week was a little deceptive for our guys. We get 80-some and we were getting them off of one play, one action, one pass plays. We were getting layups or easy shots and today they played much better defense. They were physical, they scissored things and crossed things out. Once we were not open, we just froze. The first action did not work, well what do we do now? That is where we need to get better, I think. Not only next week, but to continually beat teams as we get better and better competition.”

Junior Forward Stephen Hurt
On the game being a chance for growth…
“Yes, it was definitely a game for us to work on things. Being able to click more offensively and working on defensive schemes – we did a lot of good things tonight. We obviously came out with a victory, which is the ultimate goal, but I definitely feel that we got better tonight.”

On differences between game one and game two…
“I would say that the first game was the first college game for a lot of our guys and the first game period for us so I feel like we were a lot more hyped up. This game, we came out pretty hype and I feel like we maybe got a little casual and comfortable and that was the main component for our struggles.”

On Austin Budke’s role in his post position…
“He plays a lot stronger than his size. He is athletic and he can get up. I feel like his strength and athleticism help him hold his own down low. He is a good player. He can play down low or you will see him step out and shoot. He has a good all-around game and he can do whatever we need him to.”

Junior Forward Wesley Iwundu
On if the team is ready for regular season…
“Yes, we did get a little bit of a test today, but it is always good to see where some guys are at in crunch time. I think we will be ready with some more practice.”

On some game two struggles…
“We got off to a hot start, but as the game went on I think some guys got settled. We became okay with how things were running and I think it caught up to us. It just showed what could happen if we do that and the other team is playing hard and starts competing with us. I think it shocked us a little bit as a team. It is always good to get those out of the way to see where we are at in crunch time. It was a good test for us.”

Fort Hays State Head coach Mark Johnson
On how his team played today…
“I thought we competed hard. We played hard. We had a three minute stretch in the second half from the 10 minute mark to the seven minute where their size difference really wore us down. Overall I thought we tried to do what we wanted to do, which was not letting them get to the basket. Not giving them layups making them shoot perimeter shots.”

On what the team can take away from this game…
“When we come here it is about getting the experience with playing at this level of competition. Our guys have to learn to execute a little better. K-State had a lot to do with our turn overs. We were doing a poor job executing our offence. Little things like that will make the difference.” 

On the high point of the game…
“What we usually do well is shoot the ball well, but we shot it terrible. Our overall defense of trying to keep them from the basket was the thing that we did the best, but now we need to be able to execute on the offense end.”