Postgame Quotes

KANSAS STATE POSTGAME QUOTES

Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening Statement...
"I thought it was a good team win. A great environment for an 11 A.M. game, having the students there was great for our guys. I thought Jevon (Thomas) set the tone of the game with great energy. Our defense got a couple of turnovers to start to get up 6-0, then 10-4 and pretty much maintain the whole game. We had some opportunities to stretch it outright before halftime, Thomas (Gibson) had a little put back and a bonus free throw. Marcus (Foster) and Nigel (Johnson) had some open threes, but we just could not get it done. I just said, `You got to earn, keep guarding.' I thought our defense was great. We had them at 19 until those last couple of free throws by Forte. We did a very good job on (Le'Bryan) Nash and (Phil) Forte, even though he had 22. We talked about doubling both of those guys to make them give it up and make other guys make some plays last time. We did not do the job on some of their other guys. (Jeff) Newberry and (Tavarius) Shine each had ten or twelve points in this game. I thought we closed out better, got to their shooters, and made the next play. It was just a good all-around defensive game. Nino (Williams) got us going with his shot. His shot has been magical. I told him the first one, I do not even think he even looked at the hoop. He just caught it and shot. He had 20 and 7 (rebounds) after 22 and 8 the other day and had a great effort leading us on the Play-Hard chart along with Justin (Edwards). I thought Marcus's game was very good all-around. He had to guard Forte and chase him all around. I thought we rested him enough so he was able to do that. He had 5 assists, 14 points, got to the free throw line and got to the basket. His threes did not go down, but he has been pretty good from there. Just almost had a perfect line except for missing a free thrown down the stretch, not leading us in the Play-Hard chart and had good numbers. Other guys did well, Thomas, in the second half, did some good things such as good ball movement, assists, having 10 on 24 field goals and had 26 the other day, which means we are moving the ball well and getting it to the right people and sharing it. Nigel had a real good finish to the game, (including) his line pass to Justin when we are running the clock.  Malek (Harris) had a nice lay-up when we had Nino resting on the bench.  A good all-around team effort and win, but we know we got to move forward to Tuesday. The early morning game gives us a little more layover for rest and enjoyed it a little more today. It will not be easier with West Virginia on Tuesday."   

On playing 40 focus minutes...
"It would have been nice to hit a couple of shots and push the lead to 16 or 17, but a good all-around win. We only had one turnover at halftime, a couple passes that we were fortunate to get, but having only 10 for the game is good for us. A couple of casual mistakes kept the lead around 7 or 8. The league is hard. You have to grind and defend. Our rebounding was better. They got a couple of put backs, but then overall just a good 40 minute team effort and continued to make some progress."

On playing more consistent...
"I think we have made some progress, obviously winning five out of the last six. With the game against Iowa State's style, we played well enough to win. We just did not play well enough at the end. We have made progress. We are much more of a team and that is the first thing on the board, to worry about the team and how you help the team, you will end up playing well. Some games might get 20 and (Foster) might get 25, but some days not. So others have to step up to help you still win.  We are more consistent, but we just have to worry about Tuesday night for the next one because nothing will be easy. You have to play your butts off."

Forward Nino Williams
On his confidence right now...
"I do not try to get too high or too low, I just try to stay neutral. I was just trying to be consistent."

On his shot...
"I am a pretty confident guy. I probably do not show it that much, but I think I can shoot from the mid-range or threes but I do not shoot threes. I have been form shooting a lot before and after practice."

Guard Justin Edwards
On his improved play...
"I am playing my game and relaxing out there. I am helping give Marcus (Foster) and Wesley (Iwundu), and produced to keep the lead from sliding."

OKLAHOMA STATE POSTGAME QUOTES

Head coach Travis Ford
Opening statement...
"Congratulations to K-State, I thought they played well. We could just never get a run going. We never made a big shot. We had a couple opportunities, but we never made the big shot. They had some guys step up. They had guys playing in the second half. They had a lot of layups. When we were scoring, they always had an answer. So give them credit, they played well."

On K-State's aggressive defense...
"We never made a run. They had a lot of answers for when we were scoring. In the second half, it was better but not great. They answered to everything we did. We had opportunities to make a couple runs, but we could never get it. We cut it to nine and had opportunities to cut it to seven, but we could never capitalize."

On Justin Edwards' game...
"He played well the first game, so that did not change. He played well both games. We played pretty well the second half of the first game, and they played very well today in the second half. We are two similar teams, very similar teams in what we need to happen in order for our teams to be successful. We both have guys that can really score, but you always need that one guy to step up. They have had (Stephen) Hurt, Nino (Williams), Edwards, they have had different guys step up on different nights. We had that down there when we played, and they had it today. Not much has changed really."

Guard Phil Forte III
On the slow start to the game...
"Obviously in this league that is what you cannot do. With the talent every team has, to start a game like that, especially on the road, it gets the crowd going. We were down early and it is an uphill battle from there on. We are always shooting ourselves in the foot. We need more intensity and weather the storm at the beginning, taking the crowd out of it as much as we can."

On the difference in Marcus Foster's performance...
"He is one of the best players in our league, and any competitor that does that is going to come out and remember that game. We knew he would come out really aggressive. He is a great player. He made some good shots, and we let him get loose a couple of times. I think you have to give him the credit."