Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Bruce Weber
On DJ Johnson getting off of the bench and playing…
“Well it has been a long time, he did not get on the court, it was 16 months without basketball. One of the coaches had a stat, it was 602 days since his last game. It has been a long time coming. He has had two surgeries to boot, and he has really had a lot of emotional ups and downs. Last week he really had a low. He had started coming back and then we had to pull him from practice because he had some soreness. I think he was worried, some of it was mental, and some of it was physical. I said you owe it to yourself. You have come so far and work so hard and been so patient. You have to give it a shot. If it does not work, it does not work. He has been good the last four or five days in practice, you can see his timing is a little off. He gives us a whole different dynamic. We have Stephen Hurt, big body skilled guy, Dean Wade, a skilled forward inside outside, Austin Budke, an underside guy, and D.J. gives us that explosive athleticism. He was plus 12 on our plus minus chart in the first half which was great. He got right in there and got a basket. He will just get better and better. We have to hope and pray that his foot stays healthy, and he stays healthy and we get him back into basketball shape.”

On the possession in the second half with the multiple offensive rebounds…
“That possession, I think four of those were awful shots. Sometimes you get a rebound and pull it out instead of throwing it up there. Get in a rhythm and make a shot. I think Barry (Brown) got a dunk. Get an easy one before we try to make the hard ones. That mental toughness coming back together as a team makes a difference. One of the best plays Kamau (Stokes) got was a break, slowed up and hit Justin (Edwards). Justin hit someone up for a layup and you know those are the plays that make you a special team, when you share the basketball. You make that extra pass, and I think we did a much better job of that in the second half.”

Guard Wesley Iwundu 
On setting a new career high…
“I am pretty excited for it. I wanted to come out and make a statement, not for myself but just for our team. It was a really good progression game going in for the first game of the season. We still have a lot of work to do but it will keep getting better.”

On next Monday’s game against Columbia…
“We have to come out with the same defense that we are known for in good games, and I think the rest will take care of itself. We cannot under estimate anyone because we know how good this team is. We just need to play our game and play well on defense and I think it should be a pretty good game.”

Forward D.J. Johnson
On getting back on the court…
“It felt good. I have not been out there in a while and it was good to get back out on the floor, especially with guys that mean a lot to you and a great coaching staff. It felt good.”

On crowd’s reaction to him coming into the game…
“There was just chills, I was glad to be back. It has been a long road, and I am just glad I got blessed with the opportunity to see the floor again.”

UMES Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Bobby Collins
Opening statement…
“Well, tonight I thought we had the right game plan. Our zone caused them a lot of problems. We wanted them to take as many three’s as they possibly could take. I think it was probably 25 to 30 minutes into the game before they hit their first three. They were able to get to the free throw line and they got some scores and got us in foul trouble early. We kind of lost our rhythm offensively from some guys that we really depend on to score for us. Once both Devin Martin and Dominique Elliot got back into the game, they gave us some stability even though Dominique did not score a lot. We really depend on him. Our offense goes through him and he is really a problem when he gets the ball down into the post. I am kind of pleased with my team. I think eventually we are going to get it together and we will be a force to reckon with in the future.”

On K-State’s defense…
“I thought they very good defensively. They are a tough team. They do more than one thing. They have great help defense. They do a very good at crashing the boards. Once they get the ball out in transition, that is when they are most dangerous because they have so many athletes. I think that was my team’s Achilles heal tonight. I do not think that we did a good enough job of getting back into transition defensive and making them kicking the ball out for three’s opposed to them going to the basket to get and-one’s. When we got back within 11 points, we could not get the stop that we needed. I think they scored in transition. They hit a big 3-pointer in the corner by [Barry] Brown and the game kind of broke back open.”

On playing so many guys…
“Well I played a lot of guys because I knew that we were fatigued and guys were not making the extra plays. I told the team that if you do not make more than one play, you are basically telling me you are tired. They did not shoot the ball particularly great tonight. That left the door open for us. One thing I know that we can do – in our first scrimmage we dropped 17 or 18 three’s, so we can shoot the ball. Ryan Andino is a prolific three-point shooter and tonight he was 1-for-7. We kind of feed off of him knocking down shots for us and tonight that just did not happen.”