Postgame Quotes

March 5, 2011

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Iowa State at Kansas State

Kansas State Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin
On the play of Jordan Henriquez-Roberts
“He continues to grow. Like I have always said, as a player if your practice habits are good, you will get game opportunities. If you perform in that game opportunity, then you build trust, and I continue to develop trust in Jordan. He continues to protect the rim for us and he is really in tune with what we are doing collectively. He is not just standing there and trying to block shots. He is guarding action and guarding ball-screens. He has gotten a lot better.”

On the team’s recent defensive success…
“We have been better (lately). When we were losing games early in the year, I told you guys that we were defending pretty well but we just had to clean it up a little bit and that is what we did. Our guys continued to understand concepts better and that takes time. You do not just get out of bed and do things perfectly. You also had to learn how teams in the league were going to attack you. We have pretty good coaches in this league so they figure out a way to attack the way you play and you have to try to handle that and try to get better. Iowa State is really, really good offensively and we sat down and we really tried to guard today.”

On the affects of Senior Day on Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly…
“Neither of them played really well in the middle part of the game. But like seniors, Curt (Kelly) gets that offensive tip-back right in the middle of the run and that kept it going. Then we had an empty possession and then Jake (Pullen) makes that crazy 3-pointer and then a couple free throws. They did their jobs. We were not very good collectively but they did their jobs when they needed to and they figured out a way to get a win.”

On the reception for Jacob Pullen today …
“Our fans are the best, the absolute best. They cheer hard, our guys play hard and our fans respect that. Jake (Pullen) has earned everything that has come his way. He wins, he produces and he is accountable. Whether we have won or lost, he comes out and answers the questions every single day. He is a stand-up kid. I wish I would have been that stand-up when I was 21 years old.”

On switching offenses in the middle of the season …
“It was a hard decision because if it does not work and we flounder, then some of you guys would probably be writing that I do not know what I am doing and that I need to go back to coaching high school basketball and that is the truth. That is why I am so proud of these guys because they trust in what we do.”

Senior Guard Jacob Pullen
On the emotions of Senior Day…
“I understood that it was going to be an emotional game but at the same time the closer it got to game time, the more I got to thinking how fast time has gone by. My whole family was here and it was just an emotional game but I realized that I still had a job to do and we had to win a game. I was appreciative of my teammates who came out and played hard and found a way to get a W. Frank (Martin) and everyone on our staff knew that it was my last game at Bramlage but at the same time I understood that I had to find a way to win.”

On kissing the Powercat at center court…
“It was just spur of the moment. It was the last time I was going to play on that Powercat. It was the last time that there was going to be three referees, a crowd full of 15,000 people. Frank (Martin) and Delonte (Hill) knew it was the last time I would be able to step on the Powercat and shoot a three, get a rebound, get an assist, so it was an emotional game the whole game.”

On going into the Big 12 tournament…
“It would mean a lot especially knowing how close we were last year and just playing so well going into our last game. Then we played against Kansas and we did not have the ball going through the net for us and not being able to execute and not being able to do the things we wanted to do. Defensively, we played a good game but we were just not able to win. It was an emotional game for me and so for us to go through all of the things we have been through this year, going through; our ups and downs, people writing us off, and guys leaving the team. For us to be able to go down there and win three games in three days would mean a lot to us.”

Senior Forward Curtis Kelly    
On his performance and emotions during Senior Day…
“I was excited. I knew it was the last game I was going to play in Bramlage so I was excited. Most of it was Jake (Pullen) and my teammates getting me the ball. The rebounds were just me going and getting them. I think I did okay in the beginning of the game and it carried over into the rest of the game.”

Sophomore Forward Jordan Henriquez-Roberts
On his performance in today’s game …
“It was just me being able to protect the rim and grab a rebound, which is what I am out there for. It is important getting stops and getting into transition breaks. Anytime we come out and play, I am going to give it my all. We are always going to come out with intensity.”

Iowa State Quotes
Head Coach Fred Hoiberg
On the play of Diante Garrett…
“I thought Diante (Garrett) played terrific. He did a very good job of getting into the paint and hitting shots. He got some good kicks tonight, but we had some go in and out and that happens. Our defense kept us in the game, but Diante (Garrett) was good all game.”

Guard Diante Garrett
On keeping the game close…
“I think we picked our defense up and we shaded Jacob Pullen, one of their best guys, really well. I just tried to slow him down and rebound. I think we did a really good job of getting rebounds and not let them get offensive rebounds on us.”

On Kansas State’s defense…
“They did a lot of denial and I could not pass it to Scott (Christopherson) or Jake (Anderson) so we just tried to pass it out to the wing and they stuck with the denial and that kind of threw us off a little bit. We had a better chance of just running some other kind of offense and we did a pretty good job of doing that, too.”

Guard Scott Christopherson
On Kansas State’s defensive pressure…
“They played pressure defense and they really got out on the wings and denied. It makes it hard for you to get into your offense. They force you to put it on the floor and they really did that to us today.”

On Iowa State’s defensive play…
“Defensively, I thought we played really well. We shot the ball very poorly on the road against a team as hot as Kansas State and we still managed to have the lead in the second half for a brief moment. I think our defensive play kept us in the game, but in the end we were not able to hit enough shots to win the game.”