OU-Kansas State Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 14, 2014

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Oklahoma Head Coach Lon Kruger
Opening comment:
“It was a tough game. I thought down the stretch, K-State did some good things. They made shots when they needed to, got loose balls, and got second-chance opportunities. We did not convert on our end. It was just a tough game. When you're in position to have a chance to win on the road you like to go ahead and finish it. We're not quite ready to do that, I guess. We've got to learn from it and make progress. I thought Bruce's group did a terrific job and did what they needed to do to win a ball game. They are a tough group, and we know how tough that is every time you go on the road, especially in the Big 12.”

On offense in the last six minutes:
“We had a couple of looks that didn't go. They made shots, and we didn't. Sometimes it just comes down to that. It wasn't a case of turnovers, necessarily. I thought we had some decent looks that we didn't convert. There were a couple of free throws that they made and we didn't. There are just possessions that you have to convert down the stretch on the road in Big 12 play.”

On Wesley Iwundu's 3-pointer that cut OU's late lead from six to three:
“That was a big 3. Iwundu hit that 3 to cut it to three and that gave them some life to jump back into the ball game. And they did. Then Foster made a real tough 16-foot jumper at the free throw line. He's capable of doing that; he's a good player. Iwundu’s three was big because we had a little life and a little momentum. I thought that jumped them right back into the game.”

On the second half:
“Better second half. We made some progress defensively. The first half they had a lot of looks they knocked down. The second half I thought we did a much better job defensively. I thought late, their second-chance opportunities and offensive boards hurt us. And loose balls -- they got the majority of those all night long.”

Sophomore Forward Ryan Spangler
On a perimeter game early turning into a physical inside game in the second half:
“It got physical. We weren't hitting shots that we usually do outside so Coach put in a little offense to get me rolling to the rim. I got some easy looks just battling in there.”

On some of OU's top scorers struggling tonight:
“I think anybody on our team can really score; we're all pretty good at that. We're just going to have to have other people step up if someone is having a rough night. We just didn't do it well enough tonight.”

Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement:
“Obviously, it is a great win for us, a top-25 win. Not only are they in the top 25 in polls but also in the RPI. They are one of the top offensive teams in the country and we held them to 66 points with 33-percent on field goals. We did some things well but they killed us on the boards. We went small with Thomas (Gipson) in some foul trouble.  D.J. (Johnson) was solid for us -- he had three blocks -- and Nino (Williams) has been good.  We saw that we could play a little smaller and Nino came up big with 10 points and nine rebounds. Shane (Southwell) had 16 points and eight rebounds, which was one of his better rebounding games of the year. Obviously, the gut-check part of the game was when the freshman really stepped. Wesley (Iwandu) hit that big three from the corner. Shane put up a shot at the end of the shot clock, Thomas got the rebound and Marcus (Foster) hit a big shot. Wesley got two big offensive rebounds off of free throws and there were a lot of little plays like that, but I think the biggest thing is that we stopped them. We got 12 of the last 14 rebounds and they were killing us on the boards. I told the coaches that we just had to back up a little bit because they were killing us on penetration and clipping us on the high ball screens. We were helping, helping, helping and they switched everything. Kansas did a little bit of the same stuff, so we are going to have to learn how to adjust. We are going to have to learn how to play against that. Thomas has been our rock-solid guy and he probably had one of his worst games. He never really got going, so we pretty much did it without our inside threat. I told the team OU is a team of runs but we were fortunate enough to make the run at the end of the game and find a way to win. That is what you have to do to find a win in this conference. It is a great win but we have to move on to Saturday, but somewhere along the line we have to get better.”

On the play of Shane Southwell and Nino Williams:
“Shane has kind of struggled a few games in a row, so it was great for him. Not only did he make some shots but he also had one of his best rebounding games. He made his free throws and he is just feeling a little more comfortable. With Nino, five out of the last six he has been very important for us. He is just doing what he can do. He is staying out of foul trouble which allows him to stay in the game. The question is how we can play Shane and Nino together which Nino keeps bringing it up. We did it a little bit against Kansas but some of it is just matchups. We did it tonight because they were a little smaller.”

On the play of the freshmen:
“I thought the key before the game was to get the ball into him so he score because I thought that would be a big advantage we would have, I guess I was way off with that. The threes were really important as were the stops down the stretch. It is a good win. Tomorrow we will go to Fort Riley for a little field trip. We will relax and then come back on Thursday, practice and get ready for West Virginia. We will have the same routine for the next couple of weeks but it is important that our older guys keep the attention of the younger guys, keep them energized and motivated if were are going to have success over the next couple weeks.”

On the toughness of Marcus Foster:
“He had 18 points and five assist even though he had a couple of turnovers. He had a bad game against Kansas but you have to give him credit for bouncing back. At Kansas he struggled, he dislocated his finger and I did not want to say anything about it, but he did get it hit one time and had to come out but he is tough. He seems to get hurt every day in practice. I think he is dying and I turn my head and he is back in there. He is very determined and very mature. I have said this since the beginning, he is the most mature I have been around. He really wants to do well and he has become pretty good defensively. Not only is he scoring but he is playing well on both ends of the floor, and that says a lot for a freshman.”

Kansas State Senior Forward Shane Southwell
On guarding the conference’s leader scorer, Cameron Clark:
“I just wanted to stay active. I have known him for a really long time and he is a good player and a much-improved player. I just wanted to go out there and challenge every shot because he takes a lot of mid-range jump shots. He creates a lot of space with step backs and crossovers and things of that nature. He is a little bit like myself, only he scores a lot more. I just wanted to get a hand in his face on every shot attempt.”

On guarding the conference’s leader scorer, Cameron Clark:
“We needed it, I do not know what else to say. We just got in the huddle and just said we needed to get stops and we need to execute. Wesley hit a big three. When we miss shots, we have to get the rebounds because (Ryan) Spangler was killing us on the glass, so that was the big thing today.”

Kansas State Junior Forward Nino Williams
On his success over the past six games:
“I do not think much has changed. In November, coach Weber talked to me and told me to stay positive. He told me to just be confident because the team needs me. He told me I needed to play hard, so that is what I tried to do.”

On his confidence level late in games:
“I am just a confident person. I just think the last five minutes of the game are like the first five minutes. I just relax, go through my routine, relax and take the shot.”

Kansas State Freshman Guard Marcus Foster
On the grind of college basketball:
“It hard because I am in treatment three times a day and I am taking care of two things at one time with my ankle and my finger. It is just a part of basketball, sometimes you are going to get bumped around and hurt. I am just taking it day by day and getting better every day.”

On his impact so far this season:
“I did not think that I would have had this kind of impact coming in or improving as much as I am improving every day. This is what I came here for. I knew coach Weber, coach Lowery and the rest of the coaches would make me better and they are getting me better every game and I am improving against whatever defense a team is throwing at me.”

Kansas State Freshman Forward Wesley Iwundu
On his success against Oklahoma:
“I have been kind of absent for the past couple of games, so I had a talk with coach and he said to calm down and let the game come to me. I just tried not to force anything.”

On his success from beyond the arc against Oklahoma:
“It is definitely a confidence booster. It is not something that I am going to look for now but it is something that I am going to continue to work on and get better at.”



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