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Feb. 9, 2013

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Kansas State Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement…
“It was a high level game against two high level teams. They got off to a good start and we had to come back. It was very emotional game, our staff was emotional, and our players were emotional. We had 10 turnovers and we have to give them credit for picking up their defense. But I felt we tried to go too fast and did not allow things to come. We told them at half to take a deep breath and have discipline and make plays. This time of the year when we start to play people twice, the players win games. We might call a set play or change here and there to give us a little boost of momentum. We had a lot of guys step up and we got to Tomas Gipson right away in the second half. Martavious Irving played really good in the first half; kind of felt he was over anxious but stepped up and made couple shots. Shane Southwell was very consistent and Angel (Rodriguez) had a great finish and really kept his poise. Will Clyburn is probably playing as best as the many very talented players in our league. We did not let them get going. It was not all of the 3`s that hurt us last time it was the layups and second chance points.”

On pace of the game…
“I think we had a good start, they had a good push, we had the lead at the half. I think they had the first basket then they made a run when we had the lead up to 8 or 9 they pushed back. We made another big push as it went. We just have to keep playing. This is a great experience for the Big 12 tournament and NCAA tournament playing a good team like this. We have to make the plays and have the discipline at both ends of the court.”

On Jordan Henriquez not playing much…

“(Thomas Gibson) had a good matchup because they were really forwards (and not more like centers) when you looked at it. They were 6’7 and they were mobile. Jordan is better when he is playing against bigger guys, so when Gibson got in foul trouble, we were going good in the first half until his second foul, I am not sure about that foul but he got it. We have to deal with it. We had to give Jordan another look, and then we went with D.J. Williams. He didn’t play as well as he did last time, and all those guys coming off the bench like Omari Lawrence to spot Rodney McGruder for a few minutes. Those are all big plays and we are going to need them, the fact that we survived foul trouble through the last few games and our bench really stuck in there with us.”

On second chance points…
“They had 10 turnovers, and we had 10 turnovers in the first half. In the second half we had four and they had 10, so you have those six extra opportunities to get a shot attempt and that’s when you know if you really want to compete for a title – the plays that you have to make, the loose balls and tip-outs. There was a stretch of the game where you could tell that they wanted it, where we dove on it, and then they dove on it, then we dove on it again, and it happened back-to-back. One ended up being a jump ball, and the other one ended up being their ball. Those were our big plays, and Rodney is deciding that if he can’t make shots then he can get the inside position and get rebounds.”

Senior Guard Rodney McGruder
On being first in the Big 12…
“It feels good, but it is not the end of the Big 12 yet, we can’t really think about that. You have to go out and play every night. I know we have the target on our backs, and everyone wants to be in first, so we have to go out every night and compete.”

On celebrating after big shots…

“It felt good, we were up and we work hard so when things start going our way, why not celebrate?”

On Iowa State guarding him differently…
“I feel like Chris Babb guarded me the same as he did at Iowa State, and I felt that they guarded Will the same and other guys got open and made shots.”

Sophomore Guard Angel Rodriguez
On if this win was a statement to the rest of the Big 12…
“Every game that we win is a statement because it is a long season, everyone is talking about how we are first, but we are pretty much halfway in the Big 12 and there are a lot of games left. We have to go to other buildings like KU and Oklahoma State. Does it feel good? Yea, but we can’t settle. Like I said it is a long season.”

Sophomore Forward Thomas Gibson
On his play so far this season…
“My improvement has come from confidence and how my teammates have played this season. It doesn’t matter if I am starting or coming off the bench.”

Iowa State Coach and Player Quotes

Head Coach Fred Hoiberg
On difference in the game ….
“Turnovers and offensive rebounding.  We did a great job in the first half, I thought, on the glass; they got too many of them at key times down the stretch.  It just seemed like every time a shot went up they got the rebound and it led to points.  We got outscored 20 to 10 on second chance points and off turnovers 27-13, that is just too many to beat a great team on the road.  That is not a good team that is a great team.  They are well coached, they have veteran players, they are very difficult to defend because of all of their weapons out there, and they exposed us on some things.  I thought turnovers and rebounding was the difference.”

On Korie Lucious foul trouble…
“Well he had it going. He was feeling it there in the first half so it was tough when he picked up that second one in the first half.  I thought Bubu (Palo) gave us great minutes and Korie (Lucious) going out there and I thought they played well together in stretches.  And then he went out there right away and picked up his third foul.  It is tough when the guy that has been leading your charge, and the guy that goes out there and runs the show for you, is in foul trouble like that.  It was not a lack of effort, I thought we battled and fought for the entire 40 minutes, we just did not do a good enough job getting the rebounds and we were not able to push it down because they were crashing four guys.  Too many key turnovers at some bad times.”

On what K-State was doing to Will Clyburn …

“It did not seem like Clyburn was in a great rhythm tonight.  It just did not seem like he was in a great flow.  I thought he was over dribbling a little bit trying to force the issue in the first, especially.  Then he finally knocked one in there in the second half, I thought that it might get him going a little bit, but they did a good job.  Obviously they have been scouting well; he has been averaging over 20 points in his last five games.  I am not concerned about him, it is one game.  I am pretty confident he will bounce back with a good one on Saturday.”

On Rodney McGruder…
“McGruder was just so aggressive I thought.  Chris Babb does a great job defending him and using his body and being physical but he got loose a few times.  We got caught in a couple of switches where they exposed us and knocked down some shots, but that gets hard to guard. The kid is flying off of screens for 40 minutes.  They set great screens and they find him.  It is a very difficult team to defend.  They run a lot of great actions and they certainly get him the ball in good spots.”

Senior Guard Chris Babb
On playing against Rodney McGruder…
“He was making shots. I play him the same way every time, but he was due for a big game. It’s my fourth time playing against him. A lot of the shots he took tonight he missed in previous games, he made them tonight. You know, he’s a great player so he’s going to make shots.”

Junior Forward Melvin Ejim
On what the difference in the game was…
“We kind of let the game get away from us late in the second half. We were right there, especially at halftime, we were right where we wanted to be. They put a couple runs together, we couldn’t get some stops, and they kind of just ran away with it.”

Senior Guard Korie Lucious
On picking up his third foul early in second half…
“That was crucial. I kind of wanted to stay in, but Coach (Fred Hoiberg) told me he didn’t want me to chance picking up my fourth. I had to go to the bench, but Bubu (Palo) did a great job. It was unfortunate that I got that third foul so early, but it happens.”

On what decided today’s game…
“Too many turnovers. Got out-rebounded. We had a couple defensive lapses on a couple possessions, but I think for the most part too many turnovers in a row killed us.”