K-State basketball beats Washburn in lone exhibition

Courtesy: Kansas State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Final Score: Kansas State 68, Washburn 56
Records: Kansas State (0-0, 0-0 Big 12); Washburn (0-0, 0-0 MIAA).
Next Game: Friday, Nov. 14 \\ vs. Southern Utah \\ 8 p.m. CT \\ FOX Sports Kansas City

Miscellaneous Notes
• K-State is now 56-18 (.756) all-time in exhibition play.
• With the win, K-State improves to 38-9 all-time in exhibition games in Bramlage Coliseum.
• K-State is 4-0 under Bruce Weber in exhibition play.
• The Wildcats have now won 16 consecutive exhibition games, dating back to 2004.
• The Wildcats’ starting lineup consisted of sophomore Marcus Foster, sophomore Jevon Thomas, junior Justin Edwards, sophomore Nigel Johnson and senior Thomas Gipson.
• K-State was without four players due to injury, including senior Nino Williams, junior D.J. Johnson, sophomore Wesley Iwundu and freshmen Malek Harris.

Team Notes
• K-State is now 5-0 vs. Washburn in exhibition play… The last coming in 2012 (81-61) in Manhattan.
• The Wildcats finished the game shooting 37.7 percent (26-of-59) from the field, including 32.1 percent (9-of-28) from 3-point range… All 20 of the 26 field goals made came off of an assist.
• K-State blocked 5 shot attempts by the Ichabods.
• K-State scored 28 points off of Washburn’s 19 turnovers.
• K-State outscored Washburn in the paint with 26 points to the Ichabods’ 22.
• To start the game, the Wildcats went on a 12-1 run to set the pace for the rest of the game.

Player Notes
• Marcus Foster led the team with 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-9 from 3-point range… He also added a team-leading 6 rebounds.
• Justin Edwards scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting… Edwards went 2-of-5 from 3-point range.
• Stephen Hurt scored 12 points on 5-6 shooting… He also added 3 rebounds and 2 blocks.
• Jevon Thomas led the team with 8 assists and 2 steals… He also posted 4 points and 5 rebounds.
• In addition to Edwards and Hurt, three other players made their first appearances in a Wildcat uniform including sophomore Brandon Bolden and freshmen Tre Harris and Mason Schoen.

Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
On the timeout early second half
“I was trying not to get mad. You do not have all your players obviously. I just wanted to make sure the guys realized that they just cannot go one on one, we are not going to win games, and it is not about them. Also you got to get back on defense, if you make a mistake you better be the first one back.”
On not being at full strength…
“It affected the game a lot. The guys had to play too many minuets. It probably helped those guys and I told them use the opportunity. We have had 25 practices; we have run a crash course. We did not have continuity in our offense at all. I thought defensively we were ok until we got tired. When we went with two bigs, I thought we were better offensively because at least it looked like they knew what they were doing had we practiced a little bit.”
On what he expects for Friday…
“We cannot have as many turnovers. We have to rebound better, and just to make an improvement. We had some good possessions. I have talked with the guys about maturity all along. Part of maturity is when you get up ten, or twelve, now you get a couple of stops and you come down and work them, break the game open. Every time we got up ten or twelve, I thought we tried to make plays on our own. Then we did not get back to the intensity on defense that kept allowing them back in the game. I hope we get better at that.”
Guard Jevon Thomas
On how it felt being back on the court…
“I was excited to get back out there and get my confidence back as well as get our confidence back as a team. It was good to be back out there in front of the crowd and play hard.”
On the main differences between the first and second half…
“In the first half, we came out excited and energized to finally be able to be playing a game. In the second half, I think we got complacent and played down to the level of our competition. We did not have enough ball movement in the second half either. We are still just working on finding our identity.”
Guard Justin Edwards
On how it felt being back on the court…
“It was exciting for me to get back out there, even though I was not playing my natural position. It was still just fun to be back out there in front of the crowd. During practice Jevon (Thomas), Marcus (Foster), Nigel (Johnson), and I never really get to be on the same team in practice so it was fun.”
On what they want to improve upon for the season opener on Friday…
“We cannot give up as many offensive rebounds as we did today. Also getting healthier and getting more of our teammates back on the floor so everyone is not as forced to play as many minutes. I will expect to run through more of our offensive sets as well as be better defensively. Friday will be more exciting.”

Washburn Head Coach Bob Chipman
Opening Statement…
“Coach Weber, what a class act. They are pretty banged up right now. A lot of their threes and fours were sitting over there by him. They had to go a little small. I thought their defense and their intensity was unbelievable, but when you are not as deep because of injuries, they could not sustain it. Coach Weber has been so great to us. Not only playing us, he would not have to do that, but he will also help me with things that he thinks we are really good at and maybe not so good at. He has been such a great help to the program, obviously my alma mater, so I really love what he is doing. We have got some toughness about us. We have toughened our game up with the confidence tour. I call it the confidence tour jokingly. KU, Oklahoma, and K-State in six days. We are not shooting that ball and playing with a lot of confidence on the offensive end. Alex (North) is an unbelievable, tough kid and one of the greatest players I have ever had. I just cannot take him out of the game. I know he is a little tired, but he is just our rock in there. We really benefited from the game today. We played our best half of ball this second half here against K-State. So credit to our guys, they hung in there and toughed it out. I was proud of them.”
On Kansas State…
“Bruce, and knowing who Bruce is, his defense is going to be the best maybe in the country. He is going to get them there when they get all the pieces back. KU is playing harder there and Coach Kruger has been offensive minded, but that group has really played better defense. I think K-State’s defense is going to be the best. It is going to keep them in every game and win some. The (Markus) Foster kid is just so darn good. When you have guards like that, he is as good as anybody. Their inside kids, it is the first time for Hurt and he is going to be getting better, and of course Gip (Thomas Gipson). He is ready, and he is tough in there. I think K-State has some of everything. They can shoot it, they can drive it, and they can throw to the post. So they are pretty versatile. That was not their true team out there tonight, but we will still try and draw some confidence from this one.”
Forward Alex North
On this year’s team…
“We have a lot of new guards, and we have added a lot of new pieces, which they are really going to help us out. As a team, we have continued to build a lot of confidence every game, and I think we have gotten better, even from half to half. From the first to second half of KU and then at Oklahoma and today, I think we have continued to grow as a team, find our identity, and I think we found confidence from these last three games even though the score might not reflect that.”
On team rebounding…
“I think a strength of our team is going to have to be team rebounding. We have Stephon (Drane), and he is 6-8 but we are kind of small, but he has a lot of toughness and grit. To be successful this year, we are going to have to rebound as a team, and I think we have done that fairly well these first three games.”

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