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Feb. 25, 2013

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Kansas State Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening Statement…
“First you have to give credit to Texas Tech and coach (Chris) Walker. Whatever they have lost in a row, their kids have not quit playing. They battled and competed. You have to give them credit and they played us as a team. They run their stuff and execute. We told these guys that they play free and loose because they have nothing to lose. They battled everybody and it was almost the same against Iowa State. It was a two-point game right before the half and then Iowa State went on a little bit of a run. Ours was a little later run. We looked at their record and not what they are. We did not have the energy, they did not have the energy but you have to give our crowd credit. They take a two-point lead in the second half, the crowd gets into it and we get three or four shutouts in a row and go down and score. We get the lead from four to six to eight to 10, and then broke their spirit a little bit. Great effort by Thomas (Gipson). We needed him without J.O. tonight. We told him today that we needed him to be consistent and it was good that he did not get into foul trouble. Nino (Williams) gave a great lift off of the bench. I thought Angel (Rodriguez) in the second half was better. He took control of the game in the second half like he needs to. Good win and we move forward and keep hanging in there. You have to worry about yourself and take care of yourself. That means going to Baylor on Saturday and go 1-0 again and make next Tuesday’s Senior Day even more special.”

On Nino William’s play …

“It was huge. A lot of it was fueled by defense. It got them going a little bit faster. They were pretty patient and took good shots and got it to people who could score. Nino did a good job of offensive rebounds. He had seven rebounds which we had been getting after him about, and made some nice plays. He got on a nice run. One of ours keys to our team is that everyday seems that someone steps up. It is hard to stop every guy that we have. I have said it from the beginning that we have eight starters and all of them can be very productive.”

On 3-point shooting…

“I think someone said that 3-for-16 was the worst in the Big 12 for us. I thought the first half we forced some, which was a little uncharacteristic. I think one of the worst things to happen was we went up 12-4 and then we got a little giddy and lost some focus. To their credit they came right at us. Then we came down and had three or four possessions which were uncharacteristic. One pass or no pass shots and that let the air out of the crowd. The energy was gone and we start hanging our heads. They just kept coming at us. The last play of the half was very important. You feel like you have the lead even though they came at us a couple times in the second half. It was a big play and to go in with a lead and momentum.”

Sophomore Forward Nino Williams
On his mindset during the game…
“I have just been trying hard. I know sometimes you miss shots and sometimes you make them, and I just looked to crash the boards.”

On his playing time…
“Like Coach Weber said, you just want to keep a good attitude. You never know when you are going to get the opportunity to play. Just keep a good head. When Shane (Southwell) is playing well, I know I am not going to play that much or if he gets in foul trouble I know I am going to play. Just keep a good attitude, play hard and the rest will take care of itself.”

Sophomore Forward Thomas Gipson
On his 20-point performance…
“Like I have said before, it does not matter if I start or do not, I just come out and play hard. Like Coach Weber said, we needed somebody to step up since Henriquez is not here. I just made the effort to step up and play hard. I just made an effort on offense and defense.”

On rebounding during the game…
“That was our main emphasis, getting a little more comfortable rebounding. Just find your man and box out, just go for the boards and everyone has to crash. I think we did pretty well today with that.”

Sophomore Guard Angel Rodriguez
On seeing the light at the end of the tunnel…
“Everything can go away in just one game, so we just have to focus and have the same mentality we have had and just take care of the next game. If we do that and play our game, then we will see the light.”

On Coach Weber’s message at halftime…
“It was not heated at all. He said the truth, he said ‘If you guys need me to yell at you and go crazy, then we should not win.’ That is right and for me, halftime was getting myself together. When coach talked about attitude, if anybody did not have the right attitude, it was me and I take full responsibility for that. That is why I did not really have a good first half. Second half, I had a better attitude. I still did not have the best attitude, but I guess we won. I am just focused on the next game.”

Texas Tech Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Chris Walker
Opening statement…
“First of all, I want to give Kansas State credit. They played great. They did what they needed to do. I thought we had a good chance to play well against them. We did that the first half, (Josh) Gray made a couple layups, and we made a few free throws. I think if we would have gone up five in the first half, it might have been a different game. I also think we had another opportunity when we were up two, and we get a steal and turned it away. They came down got a layup. We could have been up four, and it might have made it a different game. It has been our Achilles’ heel all year long. The guys are really trying hard, and I am very proud of my team. Kansas State is a really good team. I explained to my guys before the game that Kansas State will not out-talent people to death. You can say the same thing about the football team. Why do they win the way they do? They do great things that have nothing to do with flash and dash. They are just lunch pail guys that make plays when they need to, and they defend. Those are things I think we can do better as a team especially not turning the ball over and not getting out-rebounded. K-State killed us on the glass. We made them miss, but we could not get the rebound. That is really hard for us because we are so small. It makes it very difficult to win especially when we turnover the ball, that makes it even worse. They got points off of the turnovers, I think 14 in the second half, and nine points off of second chance shots in the second half. That is the game right there. That is just the way we are as a program. We are building. I think we have a great nucleus of guys that play hard, and we just have to continue to get better. We are playing with seven guys that have never played in this league before, and they stayed in the first half on Saturday against Iowa State. We played 80 minutes this weekend, and I feel like we played great for 50 minutes of them. We played poorly in the other 30 minutes because of our lack of experience and our inability to score. We are really at a deficit, but we have to keep pushing. We have a big game Saturday. The biggest game for us is always the next game. We just have to keep playing and keep pushing, and the guys have a great attitude. That is what I am all about and looking at the big picture. It is all about growth, and I think we are growing.”   

On Josh Gray struggling…
“He just missed some easy layups early and got in some foul trouble. I think the team did a good job. I do not want to say he had a bad game because he was pressing. He just did not have a good game, and as a freshman, he had two good games in a row. I do not expect him to go out and get 20 points again. He might have expected it. People can say because he got Big 12 Rookie of the Week it might have clouded up his mind a little bit. It could be, and you might have to ask him that. I think he came in focused and ready to play well.”

Freshman Guard Dusty Hannahs
On the game getting away …
“I will respect that K-State is a great team, but we had our chances. The game of basketball is obviously a game of runs, and when a team goes on a good run, it is hard to get back into the flow. Every possession was big, and we did not capitalize. I wish we could have. I am proud of my team’s effort, but for about 10 minutes of the game we just did not play well.”

On the youth of the team…
“It is partially experience, but we just need to keep building on experiences. We have so many players that have not been in the situation where the crowd is rooting against you. It is one of those things that I cannot really explain. I guess I do not really see it as lack of experience, but I guess it looks that way.”

Freshman Guard Josh Gray
On confidence of winning…
“We all had a really good feeling about the game. I thought we were going to pull it out and get a win.”

On the game getting away…
“I could not even see what was happening. It was going so fast, and that is what just happened. It turned the game around so fast.”