Postgame Quotes

Head coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement…
“Obviously, it was very disappointing. We had a good start to the game and the 9-2, 15-5 start. We had some turnovers and had some times we let them get some rebounds and allow them to get their heads up. We were still grinding it out at half time. We knew it was going to be a low scoring game. We knew it was going to be a possession game that is how they play. Second half, we did not come out with a lot of emotion and they grabbed the lead until our guys came back, and we had some emotion. We fought and had the game won, but some crazy things happened at the end. We should have just gotten the ball in bounds and gone in to overtime at home and saw what happened. You make a free throw, you make a block out, or you do not foul the three. There were a lot of things that could have happened. Sometimes everything goes against you and it was just one of those games and it is disappointing to take.”

On the last 15 seconds…
“It was topsy-turvy, craziness. Obviously Jevon [Thomas] should not have fouled the three. I called timeout after the second free throw to talk about the block out, because they were either going to make it. We had to get it in, or they were going to miss it, and we were going to have to get the block out. I thought the block out was important. I could not see from my end, but Nino [Williams] went to the floor. I did not see how that happened and the ball bounced their way. We won a game two years ago in the same scenario, so there is not much you can say. It was just disappointing.”

On free throws…
“I thought we were doing pretty well and then today it was not, especially down the stretch. You just make one more of those it would have been a big difference. We had been ok, I am not sure what it was today with that. Thomas [Gipson] had been one of our best, but he goes 4-10. Jevon [Thomas] struggles at times, but he just could not get them today. The rebounding was the worst. Our rebounding effort has to get better. Thomas has to give us more than that. Marcus [Foster] has zero and plays 33 minutes. We have to get to crashing the boards and take away some opportunities for the other team.”

Forward Nino Williams
On last seconds of the game…
“We should not have given them a chance to do that. We should have been up by more at the end of the game, and we made a couple of mistakes down the stretch but it should not have been that close. We did not play with a lot of energy and emotion the whole game. We had it in spurts, but they came to play. They are a decent team, and they came to play. We just lost the game, and we cannot do anything about it but get better. We need to get ready for Georgia.”

On the Texas Southern offensive rebound at the end…
“I kind of fell, I do not really know what happened. He was probably a little bit stronger than me. I think my legs went under him, the ball took a good bounce to him, and he got it and scored. It was a good play by him.”

Forward Thomas Gipson
On disappointment…
“We lost. It is disappointing. That is all that matters.”

On free throws…
“We did not have any energy. That is where we lost it. I am pretty sure if people had energy, they would step up and make their free throws with confidence. I obviously did not, JT (Jevon Thomas) did not, and other people did not so that is what happens.”

Texas Southern Head coach Mike Davis
Opening statement…
“We knew that it would be a very physical game tonight against Kansas State when we watched them on film. Defensively, they are a good basketball team. They are well coached. I thought that they came out the first part of the game and put us on our heels. We settled down, moved the ball, and played with a good tempo. I thought our tempo was our good until the last four minutes of the game. I thought we started playing too fast at that point. We have been in the same situation before with Auburn. We had the game down the stretch, and then we started taking bad shots and turned the basketball over. I thought tonight we just played. We were fortunate that Jason (Carter) hit a big shot for us.”

On was it a K-State collapse or a valiant effort by his team…
“I think they thought that we were going to foul them at one point. With the .9, we switched everything and they just threw a bad pass into a turnover. We wanted to make layups instead of three-pointers. We got a couple of layups, and then Tonnie (Collier) came in and got fouled on the three. He made two. How many times do you miss a shot, get it back, and then put it in? We did that and the ball just bounced our way. We called the last play for Jason. We had been running the play all season and it did not work out yet. We have not gone over it much in practice. I wanted to get our tempo to get better. Jason got the ball, shot it, and it went in.”

Forward Jason Carter
On his game winning basket…
“I did not see it coming. I just got the ball and finished the play. It was just a lucky shot.”