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Nov. 21, 2013

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Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement...
“Charlotte played a good, well-rounded game; mixed their defenses, pounded the boards, got to the free throw line. For us, we didn’t start very well at the start of the second game or the start of the second half. Both times we came back, fought back; got a tie, took the lead in the first half, but never could get over the hump. They made the plays when it counted and we didn’t. They didn’t make many threes, but when they made them, they were big ones – kind of daggers. Obviously the boards were the big difference-makers. And the points in the paint, you’ve got both big guys with double-doubles, we knew that would be a factor. We can’t get little ticky-tack fouls because we need our big guys on the court. We had a lot of foul trouble and somehow we’ve got to see if we can change that.”

On Nigel Johnson's play...
“I thought Nigel (Johnson) did a great job of giving us a boost both halves. He played with a lot of confidence, which was positive and allows us to put (Will) Spradling at the two and allows him to get some things done also.”

On the rebounding issues...
“We’ve got to fight on the boards, we’ve got to have five guys in there. We know we are a little under-sized, so it’s got to be team rebounding, it’s got to be important for us. The threes – I blame myself, the same as that Northern Colorado game. Start the second half, the first five possessions are threes. For the most part I thought four of them were good open shots, but we’ve got to get some inside touches.”
 
On the officiating...
“There’s some calls I thought maybe we could’ve got, some things that didn’t go our way. We’ve got to play stronger, go to the basket stronger and box out stronger. Hopefully we’ll get the calls the next time.”

On the slow start...
“Somehow, mentally and emotionally, they have to be ready to start the game. It can’t be fake emotion, it’s got to be real. We can’t let offense dictate it, we’ve got to have a defensive mindset from the get-go. That will keep us hanging around in games.”
 
Freshman Guard Nigel Johnson
On Charlotte's defense...
“Their switches on defense, we prepared for it the last couple of days so we we’re ready for it. In a game is of course a little more difficult than in practice, but we were ready.”
 
On the game...
“It’s good preparation for the rest of the year. We will be playing good teams like that all throughout the rest of the year, especially when we get to Big 12 play. You’ve got to come out ready, you can’t wait and try to warm up. You’ve got to come out ready to play or you can get down early like we did.”

Charlotte Head Coach Alan Major
Opening statement...
“It was really a hard-fought win. When we talked about, before the game, how physical it was going to be. Our mantra we’ve been chanting over-and-over is toughness. You’ve got to be mentally tough to deal with the ebbs and flows of the game and physically tough to deal with the intensity and the banging. And you’ve got to be team tough, dealing with calls and all that stuff. I thought the guys showed great toughness from beginning to end. That was a game of runs, both teams going at each other. Everybody that played chipped in; it was a great team effort.”

On the play of Clayton and Thorne...
“We want to get Willie (Clayton) and Mike (Thorne Jr.) involved every game the best we can. I’m proud of those two, they put two halves together between them. We try to be an inside-out team, that’s part of our character.”
 
On the lineup...
“We kind of got forced into a small lineup. It actually may have helped our flow a little bit, trying to get out and cover some three-point shots. Terrence (Williams) was playing a small forward/power forward, we had three guards in there. I just thought the guys did a nice job finishing. To go 14 of 18 from the foul line in the second half, that’s just a great sign of keeping your composure.”
 
On K-State's defense...
“Kansas State is a great defensive team. I’ve known Bruce for a long time and knew that was part of their DNA to really get after it on defense.”
 
Charlotte Guard Denzel Ingram
On his play...
“We were going through a drought at one point, and I know that we needed a spark. Those loose balls, I was just trying to do whatever I could to get them. I knocked down that three and it really gave us a boost. We really got after them after that.”
 
On the win...
“It gives us confidence. Kansas State is a really good team. It’s going to look good later on down the road and we are glad we beat this team.”