Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Bruce Weber
On team's performance...
"I thought our guys did a good job, especially after the start of the second half to be focused. We talked after that last game about how we were disappointed, and we would take bad shots and make bad decisions. We were much more patient and shared the basketball. Obviously, we shot it pretty well too, but for Nigel (Johnson) with the five assists and no turnovers and Jevon (Thomas) five and one, that is 10-to-1 for your point guards and that start sets the tone for everyone. I thought our bench did a great job. Nigel, Brian Rohleder, even Brandon (Bolden) a little bit in the first half when we got some foul trouble. We got guys hurt and we had to survive. Again, right before half we were up 13 with 3:35 left. We just did not make some good decisions. Hopefully that will come with maturity. Our guys were patient, got it inside and outside. I thought we did a little bit better in the second half against their zone. There were probably just a few adjustments. They got us early. They were getting Jevon and Nigel with some quick hitter ball screens. They got us kind of all spread out. Obviously (A.J.) Hess is a pretty good player and made four or five threes, that put us in a little bit of a bind, but we made some adjustments and did a little bit better in the second half. We probably wore them down and kind of broke their spirit."  

On the 3-point percentage...
"I think if we go inside outside and then we complement Thomas (Gipson). Last game, they triple, double-teamed, and he was kicking it out. [Gipson] was much better than he was than the first two years he was with us. Marcus (Foster) had foul trouble, and he only played eight to ten minutes at halftime. He could have come out and jacked it, but he did not. He moved the ball and Nigel jumped up and goes 4-of-6 from three. Tre (Harris) can really shoot the ball. Coaches keep telling him, go to the corner, sit there and when they throw it to you, shoot it. That is what he has to do. (Stephen) Hurt, he loves to shoot those threes, but in practice I have got on him a little bit because he has not made them. I keep telling him to concentrate on those 15 to 17 footers. He got opportunities today he jumped up and that was good for him. He is pretty consistent at shooting the ball in the first couple of games."

On the new players...
"We have more offensive weapons. The key will be accepting their roles and then executing their roles. As a staff, it will be to keep them rotating where they are all being productive. Then they feel good about it. We showed them last year. Where there were two guys in double figures, then three guys, and then four guys. We had four guys in double figures during my first year here 16 times. Now, tonight six guys in double figures, that is big time. You have more offensive weapons and if you share the ball and get it to the right people. We have a long way to go, I promise you. I was wondering if we were going to survive this game at halftime. UMKC upset Missouri and we have them coming up. It is a totally different style. We have to be ready for that, then it will continue getting harder."

Guard Nigel Johnson
On the performance of Marcus Foster...
"He knows he is the best shooter on the team. He knows that any of the guards that get in the lane can shoot it. Most of the time, if he is wide open like that he is going to keep shooting and he will continue to build his confidence."

On the building from the loss to Northern Colorado last season's opener...
"It feels a lot different. It felt good, especially because last year we played someone from the same conference and we let that one get away. Getting the win tonight felt good."

Forward Thomas Gipson
On having another big guy to score in the double digits...
"It kind of reminds me of my sophomore year. Two years ago we had a lot of people scoring in the double figures. It is good. We have a lot of talent on the offensive end and if we keep playing good defensively, we have a good chance of winning the Big 12."

On what he thought of the big lineup....
"Obviously, (Stephen) Hurt can shoot the ball. I do not think he has really missed a jump shot since he started playing with us. I am just trying to be dominate on the inside. I feel like it is a good time for me and Hurt to play together. But like coach said, we have to get better on defense."