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Nov. 17, 2013

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Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement...
"We made improvement since whatever it has been, eight or nine days since the Northern Colorado opener. We have stressed making improvement, making strides each day and each practice so that we can keep getting better. We have a new team with a lot of different pieces that have to be figured out but the effort was and emotion was so much better today. Probably before Oral Roberts, and I know we went eight days in a row where we really pounded them before the Northern Colorado loss, so they probably did not have quite the legs. But, we gave them a day off finally and we had two of our better practices where we had good energy. I have to compliment Omari [Lawrence] because he is really starting to figure out that if he plays with good energy, enthusiasm, and is talking, good things will happen. He gets 10 points and I think his defense was good. Shane finally got into the gym to do form shooting and Marcus did the same thing. It is ironic that if you do those things, you usually get confidence and you start making shots. (Thomas) Gipson was a little rusty and he got a little frustrated but he has to keep a smile on his face. He did not play for awhile and did not practice for awhile but hopefully he will take another step forward the next time out. The play hard chart was a big thing this game because we had 40 [play hard points] at the half today and we only had 23 total the last game. We were very, very active, so it was definitely a different level of intensity, and that is what we have talked about since the Oral Roberts game. I liked that we had to go against a zone defense. We are going to see zone against Charlotte and that is something we are going to have to figure out. I thought we had a good run in the first half. If we would have made a couple of those three's, we probably could have knocked them out. But, we did not and we had to play a game. They got it going a little bit in the second half. Probably the two negatives were defense in the second half. I do not know if it was fatigue, if it is the other end of the court, or we are not out there helping or talking, but they have to stay out there and focus. Obviously, the rebounding was a major factor - 18 offensive boards for them and they got drilled on the boards against Loyola Marymount the other night, so I thought we would have a chance to be a little more effective on the boards. I thought we were good early, but not so much in the second half."

On the play of the seniors...
"Will (Spradling) was great today. He had six assists and five rebounds, which is really pretty good for a guard. If he hits a couple more of those 3s, he has a big time game. And then Shane (Southwell) made some shots. He was our leading rebounder, had three assists, one turnover, so that is a good stat line. They still have to keep getting better. Omari was great as I said. I love what Ryan Schultz and Brian Rohleder did as well. Brian might have been the MVP of our practice after that Northern Colorado loss. He had just great energy and leadership.He took the scout squad and they just played at a whole different level. I mean, we talked today that if we had trouble with Caffey, Rohleder is somebody that we could put in there because we know he can lock down people. He has been very, very important for us."

On playing in Puerto Rico...
"It is a whole different element. Now you are going on the road - it is not a true road game but it is new for our young guys. I mean, we are talking about an island, beaches, casinos, everything that you are throwing into that. My message in the locker room was that this is about basketball. We already have a tough loss against Northern Colorado. Now we have to make up for it and get some wins. Charlotte is very tough with four guys back. They are going to test us with different zones. We have to worry about that. We are going to stay an extra day because we are on break and do not have school after the tournament. We'll hang out, do some things then come back for Thanksgiving. It will be a really good test for us, no matter who we play. This field has to be one of the better fields of all the tournaments when you think of seven of eight teams having over 20 wins last year and Florida State is the one that did not and they have been as good as anyone the last few years."

Freshman Guard Marcus Foster
On his slower start...
"I came out a little sluggish and I did not have my usual intensity. When I came to the bench, Coach Weber told me that I needed to pick it up and play harder. When I got the chance to go back in, I just played hard and my shots started to fall."

On playing in Puerto Rico...
"I am very excited to travel to Puerto Rico. It is kind of like my first away game. We are going to be playing some very good talent so we can see what kind of team we are and what we are made of."

On setting the tone for the tournament...
"Long Beach State was a pretty good team. We came out and played hard. We got a lead on them early and we kept the lead. It kind of set the tone for how we want to play in the tournament."   

On the seniors' production...
"I really think that no matter if they are not scoring, they are still carrying the team. No matter what, if it is defense or talking to us, they always carry the load."

Long Beach State Head Coach Don Monson
Opening statement...
"I think this was a typical early season game with a team of new players, much like them. I felt like they dominated us with their defensive pressure early. We could not get any offensive rhythm. It started to put so much pressure on our defense and our rebounding. We could not get a stop. We never got any flow until the game was over. I think for us we have had the toughest preseason schedule in the country for three or four straight years. For us it is truly a preseason and we just try to get better every day. I do think that last Saturday or Sunday, whenever we played Arizona, down 17, we caved in. Today was  progress for our basketball team to just keep battling the second half and get it down to a magical number, but we were not able to make enough plays. Big props to Mike Caffey, which you have not seen him play much, but he is an all-conference point guard. As he goes, we go. Right now, Mike and Dan (Jennings) are the only two guys with much experience. They doubled him and disrupted him and that disrupted our flow.  Again, that is credit to them. They did a great job dictating this game from the defensive end."

On out-rebounding K-State...
"I was pleased with that. We had a really bad loss on Thursday against Loyola Marymount. We had a five-point lead with a minute to go and gave up four offensive rebounds in that minute. So it has been an emphasis of ours all week. The problem with this team right now is that we have so many things to work on. It is like watching one wound heal and then fixing another. We did a lot of good things offensively on Thursday but it is different, Loyola Marymount's defensive pressure is different than K-State's. I was pleased with our rebounding. It was one thing we really challenged the guys on and that was a high point for us. It is a little misleading in that we out-rebounded a team, but we missed so many more shots than they did. We gave ourselves way more opportunities with rebounds."

On Marcus Foster...
"He is getting more and more comfortable. The last ten minutes of the second team they played this season you could tell he had a better comfort level. He had a couple shots go in and he was just more aggressive. Right at the end of the half, we were not in it but we were not out of it and Marcus (Foster) hit those two big three's and put it back to 17 at half. I think he is obviously a quality player. For a freshman he has a great feel and aggressiveness."

Junior Guard A.J. Spencer
On playing in his home state...
"It was not how I wanted it to end up. We got better and it was cool to see everybody. But I came out here to play K-State. Seeing family was cool but I came here to get the win, and we came up short."

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