Postgame Quotes

Nov. 12, 2010

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James Madison at Kansas State

Kansas State Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin

Opening Statement…

“It was a typical opener with so many young guys, sloppy, mistakes. You guys asked me two days ago, you can write whatever you want to about me, but I guarantee one thing you will never be able to write about me is that I do not tell you the truth. You guys asked me two days ago and I told you all of this, we were not a good basketball team. I did not say that because I was in the mood to say that. We are not a good basketball team right now we have a bunch of new kids, they are trying to figure it out and the upperclassmen have been awful with their ability to lead our basketball team it is what it is. We are working, we will figure it out and get it right.”

 

On Guard Nick Russell…

“He played aggressive that is why he is playing, he has found a different gear with to play with. He makes mistakes defensively, but he is trying harder defensively. He did one thing today that just got under my skin. Which is holding the basketball, the basketball gets to him and you know you either pass it or shoot it. Do not hold onto it, you hold onto the ball you kill the offense. That is the problem I have we have a bunch of young guys that catch the ball and hold it.”

 

On the status of forward Curtis Kelly…

“He just has to figure out if he wants to be a good teammate and be here. When he does that for a consistent period of time then I will consider putting him out there again.”

 

On the way Rodney McGruder played…

“Rodney is a great kid, Rodney really tries. He has gotten a lot better defensively. He still has his moments on defense, he just goes into brain locks at times. He did a great job guarding number 34 and we put him back in there in the second half and he just lets 34 get going, you can’t do that. Number 34 is a senior four year starter, he is a good player, he averaged 16 or 17 points a game last year. He is a high volume shooter the scouting report tells you all of these things. You can’t just all of a sudden forget to guard him and just allow him to catch open shots. I think it is part of his youth, but he is a great kid. I have some battles with this team but Rodney isn’t one of them.”

 

Senior Guard Jacob Pullen

On the first game…

We had our mental lapses and our mental breakdowns but that is expected. It is not going to be perfection. Overall I feel we lacked a bit of energy but those things will come. People were a little nervous because it was the first game of the season but overall I think we need to get our bigs more involved. I think that our guards did a great job of defending and really putting pressure on them to turn the ball over and make open shots.”

 

On relying on the three pointer…

“We really only took 20? 10-for-19 is not a bad shooting night, we made a few of them but we do not want to live by the three. We felt like they tried to focus in on our bigs, but we got a lot of open looks and we shoot them everyday in practice. I tell the people around me that if they have a clean look then you have to let it go and keep the defense honest.”

 

Sophomore Guard Nick Russell

On his performance…

“I just tried to show a lot more of intensity. Jake pulled me aside and he just had a talk with me and basically that was what I wanted to do tonight. I know we had to come out and get a win.  I just wanted to come out and prove that I can play basketball.”

 

James Madison Quotes

Head Coach Matt Brady

Opening statement…

“Hats off to K-State their defensive pressure kind of wore us down in both halves really. They kept going to the bench with fresh players to keep the pressure going the whole time. We turned the ball over too many times. I told our team that in order to win this game we could not turn it over more than 16 times and we turned it over 26 times. For our team that is too many turnovers, especially on the road. K-State hit shots and that is a tribute to them being a good team.”

 

On Devon Moore…

“For those of you that do not know we lost Devon to injury last year before the season even started and he has only been playing for about seven weeks. He is one of the premiere point guards in our league and is still very rusty. Every time he drives the lane until he gets used to the flow again I get a little weary because he is a key part to our team. (When Devon went out for injury) I thought it was something was with his ankle but he got back up and wanted to play. Devon fights and he fought tonight.”

 

On Rayshawn Goins…

“Rayshawn is a really good player and he will be a handle full for everyone in our league. I thought that eventually he would be a good player but this is the third time out he has been real good already.”

 

On Denzel Bowles…

“I thought he handled himself with a lot of poise but he turned the ball over too much. Give K-State a lot of credit it was hard to get the ball to him with them (K-State) fronting everything and the ball pressure they get. Denzel played well, he could have played better. He needs to limit his turnovers though.”

 

On what went arye in the second half…

“Our fitness level hurt us compared to them. They kept bringing fresh bodies in and got some run-out layups and some second shots. They (K-State) are a better basketball team there is no doubt about it. They are fit and have more, better players. They have a lot of experience too. We are a work in progress and we would have liked to make this more of a game to the end but we did not take care of the basketball.”

 

Guard Devon Moore

On the style of defense of Kansas State…

“We knew coming in that they deny the wing hard. Off of the pick and roll, we knew the middle would be open so we could drive or get a lob. We were able to do that. That is the type of basketball they play. They deny the wings so whatever was working for me I was glad and able to take it.”

 

On why Kansas State was able to knock down so many three point shots…

“It was basically poor rotation and not recognizing who was shooting. When we looked over the scouting report, we did not expect them to shoot that well, but that is why they are a great team. That is why they are number three in the nation. They make shots so you have to give them all of the credit. We came out there and ran right at them and they still knocked down shots. That is why they are a great team.”

 

Forward Rayshawn Goins

On the transition from Junior College basketball to the Division 1 level…

“It is a big step. It is big when the lights are on. You have to perform when the lights are on. It is a huge step. It is a faster pace. There are bigger and stronger players. There are better players. It is just a huge step.”

 

On the success in the paint during the first part of the game…

“We play inside out all of the time. Our main goal is to get it into the bigs in order to make the guard game better. That was where we were going and I was able to make a couple of plays.”

 

On the how James Madison was able to contain Wally Judge and Freddy Asprilla…

“We were able to play good inside defense. We battle with each other every day in practice. Practice is the hard part; the game is the easy part.”

 

Forward Denzel Bowles

On the how James Madison was able to contain Wally Judge and Freddy Asprilla…

“We knew that if we got a hand in there we could stop them. We wanted the bigs to beat us. They played how we wanted them to play. The guards just knocked down some shots.”