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Dec. 6, 2013

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K-State Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement…
“This is a huge win for us there is no doubt. We did not play very well and I am not sure that we coached very well. We fought and toughed it out. We have had similar games, such as Northern Colorado and Charlotte. Those games where you miss free throws and you go on the other end and do not make plays on the defensive end. You hold a team like that to 29 points each half and that is 20 points under their average. Hold (Marshall) Henderson we started with Will (Spradling), but he got in foul trouble then we had to put freshmen on him. They stayed locked in and never let him get in a rhythm. This was about a gut check. They went up by four points but we never gave in.”

On tonight’s game…
“We made some strides and grew up. We talked a lot about gut checks and toughness. I am not sure if we did a good enough job with our bench. It was tough because Omari (Lawrence) and Nino (Williams) do not do well against the zone. We were struggling against the zones anyways and we had to put them in. Shane (Southwell) has to get smarter on shot selections and some other things, but at least he makes smart passes. Those two guys have to get better and get better in practice. Tonight was a big win in the big picture because we beat a very, very good time. Ole Miss will win a lot of games because they have a lot of experience and they are good. Their guard play is as good as anybody’s.”

On K-State’s struggles from the foul line…
“It is very frustrating, but you cannot do a lot about it during the game you just have to go get stops. I do not know if it is nerves or just bad shooters. I have been doing different games in practice. We put them on the line and if they do not make it they run. I am not sure what the problem is, I know that we are better free throw shooters than that, but hopefully it will come with some time.”

On the atmosphere in Bramlage Coliseum…
“Thomas (Gipson) had the big and-one when we were down four. He also had the two big block shots that got the crowd into it. The crowd was great tonight. It is so great to have the students and everyone energizing the building. We had recruits here tonight and a national TV audience and hopefully that will continue. We just have to play well so that they keep getting excited about it. The crowd kept our guys in the game, emotionally. When we made a couple of big plays and it was a springboard to get us back in the game and amp us up a bit.”

On what he told the team after the game…
“We have talked about how we have to have somebody come up and make plays. We had the chances in every game in Puerto Rico except Georgetown, but I do not count that one because they kicked our butt. We have been in close games before. I even put that on the board in practice the other day when we played a four-minute game. We put the score at 54-54 and they knew what they had to do. When you get to gut-check you have to have somebody make plays. Obviously Thomas’s blocks and his lay-up that he finished with a free throw was big because we did not make too many of them tonight.

Junior Forward Thomas Gipson
On the importance of tonight’s win…
“It is a good feeling especially since we lost earlier games that we were supposed to win. I think this is going to be a good win for our resume once we go into March. I like the fact that we played as a team and very unselfish.”

On the play of the freshmen…
“They are doing very well. They compete in practice and it carries over to games. I am just trying to be a leader to these guys. I am pretty sure I am doing a good job of leading them, and doing a good job by leading them in practices and games.”

On team going to him down the stretch…
“I am not the only guy on the court. It is all five of us. I made some big plays down the stretch that helped us, but we all just put it together.”

Freshman Guard Marcus Foster
On his big 3-point shot…
“It was a big shot knowing that my shot from the three has not been falling. My teammates kept telling me to be confident and control what I can control. They said it would fall, and I knew I would hit it. It was a real big shot.”

On being fatigued at the end of the game…
“We ran a lot in the season so I could play this many minutes.”

On tonight’s crowd…
“I like playing with a big crowd. It always brings the best out of me so it was good to see it filled up.”

Freshman Forward Wesley Iwundu
On leading the teams in rebounds…
“Coach (Bruce) Weber told me it is these games where I need to get on the boards more and get my teammates involved a lot more. It felt like since I had 10 rebounds in the first game as well, I needed to get that many to prove I could do it.”

On playing in a close game…
“It is a really big difference. You really cannot take any plays off. You have to be on target every play you can get. One slip up could cost you the game, so it is important every play.”

On guarding Marshall Henderson…
“Guarding him is a tough task. You know he is getting the ball, and you know he is going to put the ball in the air. You have to be alert on defense at all times, and just be tough with him.”

Ole Miss Head Coach Andy Kennedy
On Thomas Gipson’s play…
“He was a man. When you are coming in, his size and his girth, we talked about staying higher than him defensively because if he ducks you in his body on your body it negates any ability to try to challenge him at the rim. He is so big and strong, and we knew he was going to his left hand. I think everybody did, and he still gets to his left hand. They ran some good action for him to give him an angle. Give the kid credit, he finished and made some huge plays for them.

On the offensive play…
“We never got any offensive rhythm. I do not think either team did. I think both teams played extremely hard. We knew that coming in here was going to be a great environment. It is my first time being here, and I cannot say enough about the students here and how they get into it. You guys (K-State) are a little spoiled. We do not get to see that very often. In our league, obviously Kentucky, we are going to play in front of 23,000, and Arkansas in front of 18,000, but not like that. They (fans) were really into it. I thought it made for a very fun, festive college environment. I wish I was having a little more fun now. We had our opportunities. We played hard enough, both teams played hard enough to win. They played better and made a few more plays. We missed those opportunities with lay-ups and free throws and that ended up costing us.”

On Marshall Henderson’s last shot…
“It was a two point game, and we were just running some base line screening action for him. I thought a couple things might happen. One, defenders would have their hands on him a lot off those cuts, and I thought maybe we could get a cheap one, sometimes we get that. We have talked about it a lot and will continue to talk about it with him (Marshall Henderson). He was 4 for 18 tonight. The entire team guards him when he is out there. So we talked a lot about if there is an overplay, to throw it to the screener, shoot a lay-up, and we will go into overtime. We made the read and from my angle, I do not know if it is a right read or not, but we made the read to get him the ball. I was hoping based on the rules, if you put pressure at the rim you usually get rewarded now with the new hand check rule. We were in the double bonus and tried to put some pressure at the rim and opted out to take a tough shot, and all night they were not falling for him.”

Junior Guard Jarvis Summers
On the offensive play…
“We played good, but we just did not make major plays at the end. Our focus was just not locked in.”

On K-State’s defense…
“We missed some shots, but they had some okay defense though. We could have made plays, but we just did not make them.”

On Thomas Gipson rebounding…
“He played a big role. At the end of the game we did not box him out, and he took advantage of that.”