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Postgame Quotes


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Nov. 6, 2011

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Kansas State Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin
On freshman guard Angel Rodriguez…
“He is just a pretty good player. He is a competitor. He is a point guard. He knows how to play and when he has it going shooting the ball, he is a hard match-up because he knows how to get by people too. He just needs to learn how to practice right now. There are practices where he just does not go, and I do not mean he does not show up. He is there but he thinks that it is a rest day, he has to get out of that, and we need him to because he is a good player.”

On the freshmen’s play…
“Angel (Rodriguez) and Thomas (Gipson) did the things that they have been good for us in practice. Angel (Rodriguez) reaches and gambles a lot and that puts our defense in problem areas, and (Thomas) Gipson does not rebound well enough right now. So their short comings are consistent and we are just asking them to do better. Diaz’s skill set is pretty good; he has the ability to run, catch the ball and score. But he has to rebound. I do not know how many minutes he played but he did not get one rebound and he has to rebound. If you cannot rebound it is going to be hard to play for us. ”

On what he takes away from today’s game…
“Today gives us a chance to play in front of fans, officials and television cameras. It prepares you all of that stuff. A team that plays differently and what they do offensively just makes you adjust as the game goes on. As a player, it makes you listen and pick up adjustments and things of that nature.”

On the team’s defense…
“When people hear me say that we played selfishly, people always think it is because guys shot the ball. We played selfishly in the second half, that means that we did not run an offense and that hurt us on defense and we also played selfishly defensively we were to worried about our own man instead of our responsibilities in our own structure. But the first fifteen minutes, I was extremely pleased. We did not foul and ll we did in the second half was foul, because we were playing selfishly. But in the first half, I thought our offense was good which then allows your defense to set. When your offense is good, everyone in good spirit, both sides feed off of each other. We have had some games where we have been phenomenal defensively and all we do is miss lay-ups and free throws and it breaks us down mentally on defense, because it breaks your spirit. I thought the first fifteen minutes for the guys, we played was pretty good as far as helping each other and staying disciplined to your responsibilities instead of just worrying about your own.”

Junior Guard Martavious Irving
On his acrobatic layup...
"It has been a while since I have done that. I did it in high school. I used to try and impersonate Michael Jordan, but that shot was all instinct. It was not planned, and I thought I was going to get fouled."

On Angel Rodriguez…
“He is a very good shooter, and he shows it in practice. He works hard at shooting, but he is also a very good passer.”

On his confidence…
“I think my confidence is also high because the responsibility is big enough. With a lot of guys leaving, it opens up responsibility roles, and in return, you have to show the new guys coming in how to do certain things, how Frank (Martin) likes his system and how to work hard. This takes a lot of confidence.

Junior Forward Jordan Henriquez
On competing against Thomas Gipson in practice…
“He competes every day. He makes me better, and I also challenge him. He has good size, which helps me as a defender. My size against him helps him as well, which is why we compete against each other a lot in practice.”

On Thomas Gipson’s confidence…
“It is huge. It started from the day he got here in the summertime. His confidence was up, and he always wants to progress. He wants to get better one day at a time. He is always taking steps forward, and now that the lights are on him and he is playing in front of a lot of people, he is playing with even more confidence. As long as he continues that, we will be good.”

On his confidence level…
“My confidence has sky rocketed. It is my time. I have waited, and I have learned. As a freshman and sophomore, I watched the guys in front of me, and I have taken those things that I have learned and show the younger guys what it takes to lead.”

Fort Hays State Quotes
Head Coach Mark Johnson
Opening Statement...
"I thought the first half, obviously, the pressure got to us. What we finally figured out as a team that when we pressure them and got to them, too – 10 minutes to go in the game – that it is something that our guys just are not used to and we have to try and get them to understand it. I do not think it was that we were playing hard; it was just that we had a hard time, intensity and toughness going in. We were just content taking a step off our man and just standing there and playing defense. I think Tyrone [Phillips] set the tone for that in the second half; he got in and saw, we got turnovers, we got layups that we did not get in the first half because we did not pressure them. I realize teams like KU, K-State – I cannot remember if we have played a team that has had as many long athletes. I am serious. This is our eighth time playing these guys. They are just so long and athletic. We can do better. We need to be more physical on the box outs, and just really as a whole on our team. It is not an effort thing; it is just this toughness thing we have to figure out. If we can figure that out, then we can do some good things."

Senior Forward Matt Simmons
On theTigers’ performance…
“We are pretty proud of ourselves today. We came out and played hard and played together. We knew coming into this game that it would be tough. They are obviously a really good team with some really strong, athletic guys. We pulled together. No one got on each other and we really picked each other up.”

On the second half…
“Really, it is our first game together as a unit. Karron (McKenzie) and I are about the only two back from last year. Just having everyone together and learning where people go and what spots to fill helped us come together in the second half. We were more confident and played together more. I think we played better in the second half.”

On moving the ball…
“We came into this game knowing the pressure would be tough. We knew we would have to pass the ball to get people open and get past these athletic guys.”

Junior Guard Lance Russell
On the pressure they felt against K-State…
“We were prepared for it. We knew it was going to come. We practiced for it. It was intense but I think we did a good job. We will just have to work more to get ready for KU next week.”