Postgame Quotes

Nov. 9, 2013

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Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement…
“Obviously, it is very disappointing, you have to give credit to Northern Colorado. I told our guys since August that this would be a difficult game. I told them how important this first game was and that I wanted them to be prepared. We have a quote on our locker room wall that says, “what is greater your excuses or your desire?” We have too many excuses and not enough desire. They out-toughed us and out-competed us. You have to give (Derrick) Barden credit he put up 16 points and 17 rebounds tonight. Rebounding we knew would be a factor whether we have (Thomas) Gipson or not. I think we could have won the game in the first half if we just make our free throws and our lay-ups. We would have been in double digits and it would be a completely different ball game. They came back in the second half and I knew we had a game. It is the first of the year, it is like football they made some big improvements and we have a ways to go and we have to just keep getting better.”

On the offensive mind-set...
“You go 2-for-19 from three and Shane (Southwell) and Will (Spradling) are going 2-for-11 each. Marcus (Foster), who has been our most consistent guy, goes 3-for-12, but he is young and learning. Wes (Iwundu) has such great athleticism and in hindsight you should have played him more minutes. I thought D.J. (Johnson) played well for playing 36 minutes, which is a big step up from a week ago, and he had 12 points and nine rebounds, which what we like to see. I am sure he wishes he would have made a couple more lay-ups and free throws and found a way to win. Our older guys need to remember what they are and execute during practice and we will get better.”

On the shooting performance…
“No. Not at all, we had some rushed looks and we got tight in the second half. I thought Will (Spradling) and Shane (Southwell) tried to make plays on their own and they need to let the game come to them and just play in the offense, it is also part that the young guys do not know what is going on. We had our chances, in the first half we have 29 points and we missed 10 free throws and missed at least five lay-ups. We could have had 45 points at halftime.”

On getting out-rebounded…
“They were probably worn out. Nino (Williams) was a little sick and he is usually one of our most consistent guys and he only had four rebounds and one at half. We have to emphasize on boxing out, they got two rebounds on the free throws they missed, so they out-competed us and now we are scrambling. We had our opportunities we just did not make the most of them.”

Sophomore D.J. Johnson
On starting the season with a loss…
“It is pretty tough, but I think it is a good wake up call. It is better that it happens now than later on in the season just to wake everyone up and let them know what time it is.”

On the locker room after the game…
“I think a lot of guys were pretty down about it. But, there are still a lot of positives coming from the coaches – encouraging us to get back at it especially when we get back to practice tomorrow, Monday, and Tuesday. I think a lot of guys are down about it right now, but I think our mindset is to go back in and get back to work as soon as possible.”

Freshman Wesley Iwundu
On starting the season with a loss…
“It is my first game as a freshman, so it is always tough to come out with a loss, but I think it can be a good learning experience. It can show us what we are facing playing [Division I] schools. It is a tough loss, but I think we will learn from it.”

On the physicality of the game…
“There is always banging going on in the game, but I try not to focus too much on that. I just try to go out, make some plays, and do what is asked of me.”

Northern Colorado Head Coach B.J. Hill
Opening statement…
“Obviously, I’m very proud of our team because they could not have played much worse in the first 10 minutes. They really showed what they are made of in the last 30 minutes in the way that they came back. You guys probably are not very familiar with our team, but they have struggled in the toughness category the last few years. We were the fifth-youngest team in the country two years ago, and this group has really started to mature. They take on a personality that is necessary to do something like this.”

On free throws…
“We did miss a lot. That is as much on me as it is on them, because I am not a big free throw guy that likes to take time in practice. We obviously need to do that more. We showed that we have not done a lot with our offense. I have been coaching this team for the last two years on committing to being a great defensive team. For them to come today and hold Kansas State to 33 percent in their own gym is what I am most proud of.”

On rebounding…
“We have always been a good rebounding team. I think we have been one or two in the Big Sky since I have been there. We have never been the biggest team by any stretch.”

Senior Forward Derrick Barden
On the win…
“It meant a lot. It gave us confidence. Coach said it was not going to be easy, like in scrimmages. We had a few turnovers in the first half, and in the second half we came out and punched them in the face.”