Postgame Quotes

Nov. 22, 2011

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Kansas State Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin
On second half performance..
“We just went out and played like we did in practice and that is the challenge when you have a young team with the exception of Jamar and Rodney because those guys are not young anymore, they are all experiencing new roles and responsibilities. That is something that we have to do a better job of coaching on. With all that said, these guys practice hard. I have no complaints. I enjoy practice with this team probably as much as I have with any team I have been around. The challenge when you have some youth on your team is that when the game starts, those guys put the brakes on and are hesitant. This is just a process that you go through. It was good to see us come out in the second half and do some good things. We told the team at halftime that we have been top-10 in the country in free throw attempts, and we are not getting to the line, because we are not rebounding the ball, because we are not attacking the rim and we were not coming up with loose balls that create open-floor opportunities. Part of that is due to the fact that I need to do a better job of getting these guys to come up with loose balls and we can fix that in practice. The other part is that guys playing with that aggression that we are used to playing with here at K-State. We came out in the second half and did all of those little things. Defensively, we were not standing and reaching, and we were where we belonged. We were able to disrupt their offense. The most important part of defense is that the guy guarding the basketball does not get beat off the dribble and we were a lot better at all of those things in the second half.”

On Thomas Gipson…
“He is a young kid that continues to learn what we do. The reason that he is playing consistent minutes is because you can coach him. He goes out and gives you that effort everyday on every play. He makes a ton of mistakes, but I can tell that he wants to do things the right way and he is going to give the effort to do things the right way. I never get excuses from him. I do not have to worry about anything other than the fact that he is going to go out there and try and that is all we ever ask. When you listen and you try in our program, you get a chance.”

On the closing of the first half…
“The last five or six minutes of the first half, I thought we played like we were capable of playing. They made a couple hard shots in the first half. They were not going to continue to shoot the ball at that clip. They were attacking us and we were reeling because we were not where we needed to be, but toward the end of the half we started to speed the game up a little bit. We came out of the gate in the second half, and it was fun from there. I do not think I called a play in the first 10 minutes of the second half. We just played. We did what we do in practice. We went out there and attacked and shared the ball. To our guy’s credit, when they had opportunities they made their shots.”

On Thanksgiving break…
“I think the only coach that is staying in town is Brad (Underwood). All the coaching staff and players are heading home to see family and to be with their loved ones. I will be back in town on Saturday to start to prep for the following week. All of the players will be back Saturday or Sunday and then will practice Sunday night and we will get it going.”

Forward Jamar Samuels
On returning to the line-up…
“The nervousness is gone. I am a senior now so I just wanted to get out there on the court and help my team out.”

On the second half play…
“Just knowing the way we came out in the second half showed everybody that we were capable of doing that and showed a lot.”

Guard Martavious Irving
On K-State’s second half play…
“I think we put our foot on the gas. Frank told us to come out hard because we were only up seven points at halftime. When we started hitting shots, it gave us momentum on our side and everyone was ready to play with the flow of the game.”

On the assist-to-turnover ratio…
“It was a good confidence booster. Our coaching staff gets on us about holding the ball a lot. So we wanted to come out in this game and share the ball. We wanted to come out and attack, make two people guard us, and just share the ball and we did that. We knocked down shots also.”