Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
On if this was an effective game…
“No we were not effective, especially the first half. The second half we were much better. We did not get much transition. They sent two back so that hurt us. They sit in the lane and that hurt us early because it led to four charges in the first half which was almost half of our turnovers. Those are empty possessions and we had people wide open on all of those. Second half, we had wide open shots. Justin (Edwards), Barry (Brown) had wide open chances. Dean (Wade) had another one wide open in the corner. We had chances at threes and you have to get some of those to go down to spread the defense out. Every game is different, teams guard differently, and we have to become more effective as we get into our league.”

On the teams defensive effort…
“When you do not have a guy who averages 20 points a game to go along with three or four assists, it helps us. I thought we got into them. Our hedges were good on the ball screen. Our weak side help was pretty good. We always talk about hands and closing out the shooters and also on getting hands up on the ball screens so they cannot make the easy pass. They found a little niche at the end with the middle ball screen with a quick pocket pass, and they got our big guys two on one putting our big guys in a little bit of a bind. That is where Dean, and Stephen (Hurt) got into foul trouble. They are hard to defend. They put 52 on Colorado and they are a decent team. Overall pretty good, our guys were coachable. I thought Kamau (Stokes) was good on their little guy. He is a good player and he controlled him. (Antwan) Scott got Wes (Iwundu) a couple times and we missed on (Prentiss) Nixon a couple of times. Other than that, we did a pretty good job at getting our hands up and not letting them get easy baskets.”

On what the team is ahead of schedule doing…
“Even though we have so many new guys, they all seem to get along and they enjoy each other. They are starting to make some steps leadership wise, to talk and tell each other things. It would be nice if we got Wes doing it a little more. They are all figuring out their roles, and what they can and cannot do. We have to find some continuity on offense where I do not have to call everything. We have to just play basketball. We have to get movement, cutting, ball screens. We keep trying to score off of the first action. We have to get a little bit more patient. We have to let the defense breakdown and then take advantage of it.”

Freshman Dean Wade
On his first half performance…
“I had a lot of roll and replace things and offensive rebounds mostly. A lot of effort plays, luckily I knocked down a couple of shots in the first half that I did not in the second half. I was just trying to get rebounds and be aggressive.”

On St. John fans…
“I walked out for the game and there were people everywhere from St. John.”

On playing in Wichita…
“The fans were great. It was a new atmosphere. We still had the same feel with tons of K-State fans here. It was just a great atmosphere.”

On Christmas break…
“We are taking it a day at a time, do not look passed the next day. That is all we can do.”

Senior Justin Edwards
On his veteran performance…
“The coaches kept telling us to make a play, to be players and not play to lose. After they went on that run and Hurt hit that three, it sparked me and Wes and it was on from there. 

On offensive drought …
“I think in the second half we were taking good threes that were all wide open. We just have to knock them down. Luckily we played defense and did not let them hit their threes because if they did it would have been a different outcome. Even though we missed shots, we played defense and stopped them which is helpful for us.”

On winning close games…
“It is very encouraging. It reminds me that if I am not having a good game or Wes is not having a good game, our teammates will step up. Barry and Carlbe (Ervin II) came up huge tonight. Kamau at the end of the game, I kind of yelled at him to chill out and he did not take it personal. He just listened to me and made big plays with offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds at the end. They just listen and they are all coachable. Even though I am not the coach, they still listen too so it is good.”

Colorado State Head coach Larry Eustachy
On his team struggling to score…
“Their length bothered us. We lost our best player yesterday, and he was our leader too. The answer to the question is Kansas State. I think he (Bruce Weber) has done a terrific job putting this group together. I think it is the best coached team I have seen this year. They play really well together. I thought we played well together, but every guy out there was playing a new role for our team. I told the team that we belonged against Kansas State. Give Kansas State the credit. They stuck with it. They made the big plays. They hit the threes late and made some transition baskets.”

On changing the attitude of the team…
“Well that is what we are working on. We are such a work in progress. What came so easy for us was that we thought that we could out score people. Just changing the attitude of the team to get the performance to change. We miss shots that we usually make. It could be the environment. Could be the team, but we usually shoot it better. What I did like was that usually our offence dictates the whole game, and with us not making shots, we still got back to the other end. Lost the rebound war by one, so I think our team is going to be good on the boards.”

On the environment…
“It has been a while since I have been to Manhattan, but I did not see any green shirts besides my wife and some other friends. I have always been a big Kansas State fan and a Big 12 fan. I thought it was very successful.”