Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement…
“I thought it was a good test for us. I thought they were even better against us then they were in the Missouri game. They go to Missouri and win a gutsy game. Obliviously (Martez) Harrison was good. I thought Nigel (Johnson) and Jevon (Thomas) did a good job. The first half they took it to us in every which way. The first 10 or 12 minutes we did not have any answers for them. We have a bunch of guys who are new to this, like Justin (Edwards). The end of both halves, we had pretty good runs. We told them you have to make plays, you cannot watch the game. We shot 58 percent but the 17 turnovers are way too many. (Thomas) Gipson was solid for us, and he is playing like a senior. They are a good team. Kareem (Richardson) has done a great job. Good win for us and now we have to go on the road and see if we can do something.”

On going with a small lineup in the second half…
“We could not guard them with Stephan (Hurt) in there. I felt bad for Stephan (Hurt). He is better in attacking the zone than the other guys. They were just too small and quick. They got us strung out and that is where Wesley (Iwundu), Nino (Williams), and Malek (Harris) can help us. The big thing was we have to be smart with the ball and get Thomas (Gipson) the ball, they cannot stop it. Hopefully we will learn as we go.”

On the experience of a close game…
“Other than the stress in the game, this is good for us. We got experience of taking care of the ball down the stretch, not fouling, being able to put away games, and coming back from adversity. We talked about that as a staff. How we overcome adversity was one of our keys. In the first half, we hit a three, celebrated, they came down and scored. You have to keep playing, it is a long game. It is hard. You are going to have to learn how to compete. It was a good game for us, no doubt.”

Forward Thomas Gipson
On being productive in the game and dominating inside...
“It felt really good. I told the team at halftime that I did not want to lose this game. I put the team on my shoulders and really wanted to come out in the second half and make a statement and the rest of my teammates followed my lead.”

On the upcoming road trip and Maui Tournament…
“Having a road game early in the non-conference will help us prepare for the Big 12. We did not have any non-conference road games last season, and I think it ended up hurting us in the Big 12. I am going to do my best to lead the team. I am the veteran and a lot of my teammates do not have a ton of experience playing in road games so I am just ready to lead us to some wins coming up.”

Guard Marcus Foster
On the team shooting well behind the arc early in the season…
“I feel like we can really shoot the ball well this year. With Nigel (Johnson), Tre (Harris), Justin (Edwards), and I, we can shoot from the outside, and then Wes (Wesley Iwundu) and Jevon (Thomas) can still shoot the ball out there too. Having some shooters on the team opens things up down low for our big guys. Having multiple guys that can make outside shots is hard to guard for opposing teams.”

On Thomas Gipson’s performance…
“Gipson makes it look easy down low. It is great to have a guy we can get the ball to down low to get easy buckets. He has been working really hard. I cannot remember the last time he has had a horrible practice. When your leader does not have bad practices, it shows when he goes out and plays. He has good games.”

UMKC Head Coach Kareem Richardson
Opening Statement…
“I thought that K-State played very well coming into the game. I know Coach Weber has been a coach for a long time and I have respect for him. I knew they would have an excellent game plan ready, which they did. I thought our guys fought for the most part, but you have got to tip your hats to K-State. They outplayed us today and hopefully this will be a great learning experience for our ball club.”

On having more momentum the first half…
“I thought Coach Weber made some adjustments there. He went small putting four shooters surrounding [Thomas] Gipson, who we all know is a load inside. They emphasized getting the ball inside early and that got us into more foul trouble. Gipson did a good job on our opposing guys deep and getting Shayok [Shayok] in foul trouble. All of our big guys were in foul trouble so I thought they made a good adjustment by going small.”

On Gipson getting others in foul trouble…
“I think because of their shooters, putting four shooters out there on the floor a lot of the second half was really key for them. Not only having those shooters out there, but they did a good job of having player movement.”