Postgame Quotes

KANSAS STATE POSTGAME QUOTES

Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement…
“We beat a good top-ranked team; it’s a credit to our guys: Nino (Williams) and Thomas (Gipson). We hung in there. We did not do very well the first eight to ten minutes, too many turnovers. I think we overthought the zone, bad ball movement. Telling Nino and Thomas to get in the middle and move the ball side to side, attacking to see what you get. We were down by nine made a run and cut it to two. They went 3-of-3 to finish the half and went on a 9-2 run to build a nice lead at half. We told our guys last year we were ahead 30-20 and led by 10, you guys have to keep fighting and hope for things to happen. We started making plays and made some stops, the crowd got into it. Nino hit some big shots and obviously Nigel [Johnson]’s big three was huge and got that rebound and made a free throw. Wes [Iwundu] and Justin [Edwards] started attacking and got into the paint and made some nice plays. That with the defense made the difference. They are one of the best rebounding teams in the country. I thought we did a good job right until we made that run then they started playing pinball with it [the basketball]. They missed a couple of shots that could’ve made a difference. I thought it was a good win for our guys. Now all we can do is worry about this next one against Iowa State. We are going to watch them tonight and head up to Ames on Monday and see if we can keep improving.”

On being down second half with leading scorer on the bench…
“I told Justin [Edwards] to be a player because he was playing tentatively at halfcourt against their zone. He had five in a row on the play-hard chart. He made a couple of nice plays. Wesley [Iwundu] started attacking like I said. Then he got the ball to Nino [Williams] and made the worst pass in history, it bounced around a lot but Nino grabbed it and put it in. Things happen, last year at their place when Brady [Heslip] made that last second shot there were five things that could have gone against them. I kept yelling at them about not breaking down on defense last year. We struggled offensively in the first half and they just got easy looks the broke our spirit. But you have to keep making defensive plays. We had Wes guarding [Kenny] Chery which happened by accident and I think that length bothered him. We tried to force him a little bit more left because everyone in the stands knew he wanted to go right. Nino even came up on him one time and I think the length got him out of rhythm.”

On Nino playing against Baylor…
“Some of it is that his game goes well against their zone, such as the mid-range jumper in the short corner. We should have passed it more to him. It is his opportunity, it is his game, it is his shot and it is his niche. He had a nice game; he reminded me that he got seven rebounds, six defensive rebounds and a big one down the stretch.”

Forward Nino Williams
On his leadership role…
“Coach just said stick with it and understand the Baylor zone. We could score from the short corner middles and I was just lucky my teammates found me. We knew they did not have a shot blocker without [Jonathan] Motley and I figured I could attack the rim. Like I said Wesley [Iwundu] found me in the short corners that are always open once you swing it back and forth. That time I was fortunate to make the play.”

On building confidence after win…
“Coach said just stick with it. They were going to give us a chance. We knew we were going to get stops we are a pretty good defensive team the last few games in conference play. We really cracked down and got stops. Offensively we got going we just needed to get a couple stops. We cracked down and got some stops and some easy baskets.”

Forward Wesley Iwundu
On his pass in the second half that went through defenders…
“I just threw my shoulders up I just did a shrug because I don’t know how it got through there.  I just guess the luck was on our side today.”  

BAYLOR POSTGAME QUOTES

Head coach Scott Drew
Opening statement…
“Another Big 12 game for us that comes down to the last five seconds, some of them are happier endings than this one. I think you really have to credit K-State for their execution in the second half. They shot 59 percent from the field in the second half and defensively we were not as active and made some mental errors. They took advantage of our mistakes and made some big plays. Normally we’re a little better when we get second chance point opportunities and we turned the ball over way too much. You have to give Kansas State credit for the defense and intensity.”

On Wesley Iwundu guarding Kenny Chery in the second half…
“[Wesley] Iwundu has great length and athleticism and does a great job defensively, Kenny [Chery] was on fire in that first half and no matter who is guarding you it’s tough to stay that hot all game. Once again have to give credit to Kansas State for continuing to switch things up and Iwundu for doing a great job defensively.”

On having a 12-point lead with 11:30 minutes to play with Foster on the bench with four fouls…
“I was feeling good. I know how quickly Foster can light up the scoreboard and that was the part of the game where I thought we needed to get separation but credit K-State for hanging tough during that stretch. I also thought we had some opportunities we did not take advantage of. There are no safe leads in the Big 12; you would just rather prefer to be leading than trailing.”

Guard Kenny Chery
On missing the last shot of the game…
“I was expecting a double team from K-State, but I was really open and need to convert those points.”

Difference between the first half and second half…
“They made good adjustments. They are a really good defensive team and it was more difficult to score, but as a team we really need to just battle through adversity and convert.”