Postgame Quotes

Dec. 22, 2010

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Kansas State vs. UNLV
Kansas State Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin
On being shorthanded…
“We lost, it was obviously not good enough. We are not about losing and having moral victories. It is not what we built our program on and it was not good enough.”

On Jamar and Rodney’s leadership…
“They tried and until this team does not find their character and leadership we are going to continue to flounder around.”

On team free-throw shooting…
“I have been doing this for 26 years and I have been trying to figure out what to do. If we continue to line-up and shoot free-throws off the backboard it is going to be hard.”

On having other people step up and make plays…
“We are immature. Somewhere along the lines our guys think that you can win basketball games without passing the basketball. We had six assists and 23 turnovers and all 23 were non-aggressive turnovers. It is frustrating to watch. We battled and fought and it was nice but now we had them on their heels and we have to play. They got a baseline drive and then we cut it to one. Dead-charge and Rodney (McGruder) got out of the way. And they got a three-point play. That is not a winning play and we have got to make winning plays.”

Forward Jamar Samuels
On missed opportunities…
“We turned the ball over. If you turn the ball over then you lose. We did this to ourselves. We had a couple of chances that we could have easily scored and taken advantage of but we let it slip out of our hands”

On establishing a team identity…
“I think that it is minor. I think that as a whole this is the hardest that we have played as a team all year long. Everybody was on the floor, the bench was always up cheering guys on, but we lost on our home turf.”

Guard Martavious Irving
On the team’s energy level…
“As a team, we came out with a lot of energy. It was tough when we were down but we fought back as a whole. The people on the bench were enthused, the coaches were enthused and  the everybody on the floor was into the game but certain things detoured us from getting this win like turnovers and free-throws.”

On achieving a moral victory tonight…
“We are supposed to play basketball, we are supposed to go onto that court and play. Us playing hard is how we are supposed to play every day. There is no such thing as moral victory, there are only wins and losses in the wins and loss column.”

UNLV Quotes
Head Coach Lon Kruger
Opening statement…
“We knew coming in that Kansas State was going to do a great job defensively.  We knew they were going to be physical and pretty good on the boards, so we tried to hold our own there.  We did not quite get that done, but I am still proud of our guys.  It was a great crowd and a great building.  Frank (Martin) does such a fantastic job with his guys.  Obviously, they were a little short-handed and that made a little bit of a difference.  There is no denying that, but I was proud of our guys.  I look forward to cheering on the ‘Cats the rest of the year.”

On Pullen’s abscence …
“Most importantly, we did not want to approach it any differently.  We knew they were going to be very physical and really good defensively, and the crowd was going to be really good so we just had to stay with the thoughts that we had as we were preparing for Pullen (Jacob) and Curtis Kelly.  That made a difference for them.  I think that it affected them more than it affected us.  I thought they made a great run in the first half.”

On future matchups between UNLV and Kansas State…
“I would like to see it continue.  I have mixed emotions about it, but it is good for us.  They came out last year and kicked our tails pretty good and that helped us in terms of becoming more physical.  Whether it is in Kansas City or Manhattan, we know it will be tough, but it will be a good environment.  I have terrific respect for what Frank (Martin) is doing.”

Guard Oscar Bellfield
On his late game block on Jamar Samuels…
“Usually the point guard has to get back so that is what I was doing.  He was a foot ahead of me, but I put some effort into it, and I tried not to give up an easy bucket.  I thought he was about to go up for a dunk, and I just gave it my all.”

On his late game three point shot…
“We were kind of struggling to get points.  I got the ball, and I did not even think about it; I just let it go.”

Guard Tre’Von Willis
On their first half scoring drought…
“We pride ourselves on keeping our heads up and always bringing a fight.  It was a great crowd, and we knew it was us against everyone else.  We knew we had to stay together and try to accomplish the win.”