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Head Coach Lon Kruger
Opening comment:
“It was a huge win, obviously. Iowa State is a really good club. Fred (Hoiberg) does such a good job and they have so many weapons. They space the floor and just make it awfully tough to guard. You kind of have to pick your poison sometimes, but I’m really proud of our guys. In the second half there we got two or three stops when we really needed them. We have been kind of trying to work and learn how to do that. We have got a long way to go defensively, but I’m happy for those two successful trips there. Buddy (Hield) was knocking down shots. Ryan (Spangler), I thought, was really key in the ball game. He didn’t have a whole lot going on offensively but he just kept getting the ball back on the offensive boards and fighting like crazy, which is no big surprise. He has done that all year. I’m happy for the guys. It was a good win over a really good team and another tough one lies ahead.”

On Ryan Spangler’s performance:
“No question that he led the way. Ryan is very competitive. He got in foul trouble against Kansas and he didn’t like not playing a factor in that ball game. The first half of the game he was such a good player and did some things. I thought in the second half Ryan just really just took over the game and did some great things offensively, rebounded the ball like crazy. The guys have so much respect for how he approaches it because he brings it every day and doesn’t really care about anything except the team.”

On ISU’s 8-0 run to close the first half:
“Iowa State had the momentum by tying it up going into the half. It was a little bit of a check. Games are going to be tough. They’re not going to be easy and a lot of people can play when you have the momentum and you’re knocking down shots and things are going well. Iowa State had the momentum and we had to check ourselves, line back up and see if we could go back out and claim the lead, and our guys did that. Along with Ryan rebounding the ball the way he did, I thought Isaiah (Cousins) and Jordan (Woodard) started covering a little bit more aggressively. It helped change our tone defensively.”

On the stop after Ryan Spangler put the team in the lead for good:
“That was a big possession right there. They come down and (Melvin) Ejim knocks down the 3 and then Isaiah finds Ryan for an and-1 right back there at the other end so you get right back in the lead at that point. I thought that was a huge possession with Ryan’s finish and free throw at that point. It put us back up two, and like you said we had a couple of pretty good defensive stops at that point.”

On if he ever thought he’d have one player (Buddy Hield) finish with as many 3-pointers as the entire ISU team:
“That’s pretty rare. They shoot it so well and they have so many different guys who can make shots. But it was good to see Buddy (Hield) knock a bunch down and I thought our guys for the most part contested some 3s.”

Sophomore Forward Ryan Spangler
On why he is a good rebounder:
“I think I am good at seeing where the ball is going to come off, and a lot of it is just hustle. I just put my mind to it. If I can help the team win in any way that is what I am going to do, and that helped the team.”

On setting the tone early and being physical:
“I just needed to be smart. You are going to have games like that where you get into foul trouble, but I just needed to keep my head up better than I did the last game. Every game is a new game and you just have to come out with the same approach to get the win.”

On whether or not he felt added pressure coming into this game:
“No. I come into every game and just want to do the same thing, to be an energy guy for our team and do the little things for us to win like rebounding and hustle. So, I come into the game like that every day.”

On the physical play down low:
“It got a little rough, but, I kind of like playing like that. The first person to hit each other is going to get the ball. So we were just fighting and there was a little talking but that’s fine, that’s just the game of basketball.”

Sophomore Guard Buddy Hield
On how he benefits, as a shooter, from Ryan Spangler’s ability to give the team a second chance as a rebounder:
“He is one of those guys that hustles. It is something natural for him and he does a good job of finding the ball and getting the rebound and finding me, or giving the ball to Jordan (Woodard) and Jordan finding me. It is good for our team and a good tool we can use to help us win.”

On the importance of this win following the loss against Kansas:
“We needed this one. This win was a must win for us. We had to come out and execute our game plan. Iowa State is a great team and they shoot the ball well and have a lot of mismatches, just like us. We just had to find a way to win the game at the end and we did that.”

On finding offensive success coming out of halftime after struggling in the first half:
“My team needed me and I needed to find a way to help my team. As a player you don’t want to have that feeling when you go back to the locker room to be with you when you come back out. I just stuck with it and Coach (Kruger) told me to fill it up, and I just did it and my teammates found me in good spots.”

Iowa State Head Coach Fred Hoiberg
On the injury status of DeAndre Kane:
“He’s getting evaluated right now. He just got a picture taken of it. So we’ll see. It looked like he was making a play to the basket and I’m assuming that he stepped on one of their player’s feet. I’m guessing that’s how he turned it (ankle).”

On the discrepancy in 3-point shooting between the two teams:
“Well we got our butts kicked on the glass. That’s the bottom line. They beat us 22-2 in second-chance points. For the game, they shoot 40 percent and we shoot 52 percent and we end up getting beat by five. That shouldn’t happen. They shot the heck out of the ball. There is no doubt about that, and obviously we didn’t shoot the ball very well. Here we are with a five-point loss and having been outscored in second-chance points 22-2. That was the ball game.”

On OU forward Ryan Spangler:
“He’s a great rebounder. He does a great job of wedging and using his body in there. He doesn’t have great explosiveness but he was the difference underneath today because of his ability to get them second-chance opportunities.”

On the quick turn around between today’s game and the game on Monday against Kansas:
“The big thing I told our guys is that this needs to hurt. We gave away a golden opportunity because we couldn’t secure the rebounds. I thought we dug ourselves a hole early in the first half and early in the second half. Once we climbed back in it on the glass, we tied it in the first half after being down nine, I think at one point. In the second half we get down 13 and then take a lead because we pulled even with them (in rebounding) after being down 10 and then we get outrebounded by seven down the stretch. We have to find a way. Kansas is the longest and most athletic team in our league and they are playing good basketball. They did something we couldn’t do. They came in here and won. We have to get ready. This should bother them and I told them that. We will start preparing for Kansas and that will be a very tough game.”

On the offensive struggles late in the second half:
“We did not execute on a couple of our actions that we were trying to run. We got up too high on the ball screens and I thought we confused them a little bit with their guys coming together. Not knowing if they were switching or not switching. That is when Melvin (Ejim) got the open shot. Give them credit. They had a good game plan and it’s a game I’m sure they were talking about they had to win. Give them credit, they did.”

Iowa State Junior Forward Dustin Hogue
On the loss:
“We just came out slow in the second half. We made a little run in the first half but the biggest thing was the battle of the boards. They have one guy get 15 rebounds and they have 22 second-chance points and it’s just hard to come back from that.”

On OU forward Ryan Spangler:
“It just seemed like the ball kept bouncing his way. He’s a big physical guy and we didn’t take enough initiative to get a body on him. With that being said, he’s a good rebounder and we didn’t do a good job of keeping him off the glass.”

On the next game:
“We just have to hold our heads up high. We realize that every team is going to have its bad games and we have to move onto the next one. We have a game on Monday and we have to use this as energy for the next game.”

On losing the lead late in the game:
“We just didn’t get enough ball movement. We came up stagnant, but I think it just came down to second-chance points.”

Iowa State Sophomore Forward Georges Niang
On the loss:
“They beat us on second-chance points 22-2, so that’s the game right there. They did a good job of getting us out of our flow early so we were fighting back the whole game. When we did take the lead, they stuck to their stuff and got it done. That’s all it really came down to, but we’ll regroup and get back ready to go on Monday.”

On the offense’s struggles after taking the lead:
“I just think we got off our rhythm. We didn’t move the ball around and didn’t play with good pace like we usually do. We’re a fast team and like to get up. I just think we didn’t do that and they capitalized on that.”

On regrouping after the loss:
“We just get back to Ames and focus on what we did wrong here and how we can improve. I think there are a lot of things we can work on and we can start with the rebounding battle, which starts with me. I don’t think we have too much to fix; there are little minor mistakes that we can fix and get right back to it and play Kansas at home.”

Head Coach Lon Kruger

Opening comment:

“It was a huge win, obviously. Iowa State is a really good club. Fred (Hoiberg) does such a good job and they have so many weapons. They space the floor and just make it awfully tough to guard. You kind of have to pick your poison sometimes, but I’m really proud of our guys. In the second half there we got two or three stops when we really needed them. We have been kind of trying to work and learn how to do that. We have got a long way to go defensively, but I’m happy for those two successful trips there. Buddy (Hield) was knocking down shots. Ryan (Spangler), I thought, was really key in the ball game. He didn’t have a whole lot going on offensively but he just kept getting the ball back on the offensive boards and fighting like crazy, which is no big surprise. He has done that all year. I’m happy for the guys. It was a good win over a really good team and another tough one lies ahead.”

 

On Ryan Spangler’s performance:

“No question that he led the way. Ryan is very competitive. He got in foul trouble against Kansas and he didn’t like not playing a factor in that ball game. The first half of the game he was such a good player and did some things. I thought in the second half Ryan just really just took over the game and did some great things offensively, rebounded the ball like crazy. The guys have so much respect for how he approaches it because he brings it every day and doesn’t really care about anything except the team.”

 

On ISU’s 8-0 run to close the first half:

“Iowa State had the momentum by tying it up going into the half. It was a little bit of a check. Games are going to be tough. They’re not going to be easy and a lot of people can play when you have the momentum and you’re knocking down shots and things are going well. Iowa State had the momentum and we had to check ourselves, line back up and see if we could go back out and claim the lead, and our guys did that. Along with Ryan rebounding the ball the way he did, I thought Isaiah (Cousins) and Jordan (Woodard) started covering a little bit more aggressively. It helped change our tone defensively.”

 

On the stop after Ryan Spangler put the team in the lead for good:

“That was a big possession right there. They come down and (Melvin) Ejim knocks down the 3 and then Isaiah finds Ryan for an and-1 right back there at the other end so you get right back in the lead at that point. I thought that was a huge possession with Ryan’s finish and free throw at that point. It put us back up two, and like you said we had a couple of pretty good defensive stops at that point.”

 

On if he ever thought he’d have one player (Buddy Hield) finish with as many 3-pointers as the entire ISU team:

“That’s pretty rare. They shoot it so well and they have so many different guys who can make shots. But it was good to see Buddy (Hield) knock a bunch down and I thought our guys for the most part contested some 3s.”