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Baylor, Iowa State Postgame Quotes

March 4, 2014

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NR/NR BAYLOR (20-10, 8-9) 74, IOWA STATE (22-7, 10-7) 61
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Ferrell Center | Waco, Texas
Attendance: 8,506


Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew

Opening Statement:
"I thought being the first team to hold them under 70 points, to hold them to 61 was a tremendous feat because coach Hoiberg's offense is tremendous. I thought to hold them to 40 percent field goal percentage and 34 percent in the second half was very good. I thought us having ten assists and only 2 turnovers in the second half was very critical and important. And, making 77 percent of free throws is what you've got to do in close games. It's a big win for us. As a coach you always get emotional on senior night because you want your seniors to go out on a good note, and also I've always said eight wins gets you in the NCAA tournament based on prior history of studying stuff, and to do that we got two big things that happened tonight."

On if Baylor belongs in the NCAA tournament:
"Oh absolutely, no question. You can't hold losses against top-25 teams in the top conference in the country against you. We have seven top 50 wins now, and no one has ever been let out with seven top 50 wins. You've got to be thankful for the league strength and playing in a great league."

On the team's turnaround as of late:
"Our staff has always said we really like this team because they like each other and care about each other. For instance, senior night, sometimes we start seniors and sometimes we don't. Before the game I got a text from Kenny Chery saying, `Coach I really want Gary to take my place; I really want his parents to hear his name, he's done so much for our team, and I really want that for him.' You don't get that nowadays from Division I athletes normally. A lot of times people have their own agendas, and I just think that shows what kind of people we're blessed to coach and work with."

On how the team responded when things went badly:
"The guys always stuck together. What I mean by that is normally, when you're losing, people finger point and it turns into players versus players, players versus coaches, and we never really saw that. Everyone stuck together, believed in what we were doing and kept encouraging each other. Obviously there was frustration and disappointment, but the way they stuck together, it started with Gary, Brady and Cory. Gary's the guy who doesn't play as much but he's a vocal leader that really keeps people together, and Cory's kind of like the silent guy who enforces everything. Brady, when he's vocal, he's really good because he really knows his stuff and it's really good when he talks."

Senior G Brady Heslip

On Senior Night:
"It's been the best senior day ever. You guys don't know how happy I am right now. All I wanted to do was win. I wanted to leave everything out there so we could win and this is the best feeling I've felt in this gym without question. I guarantee when those guys are seniors it's going to mean so much to them. It means so much to me that we could go out with a win."

On the 13-0 run in the last 4 minutes:
"Every single timeout I just kept telling everybody to leave everything out there. I wanted to win so bad. The team did that, and I'm so glad I'm on this team because I wanted to win so bad and everybody everything they had out there. They left their egos inside and nobody cared who scored, who was in the game, we just wanted to win and that was the difference in the last few minutes."

Baylor Senior F Cory Jefferson

On the extra effort for Senior Night:
"You can't get too much more inspired than on senior night, especially being a senior and knowing you've got to go out there and give it your all. For one, you want to win on your final night of playing in your home gym, and also we are still fighting to get to the "big dance" so we a lot of things to inspire us today."

On how this win relates to getting to the Big Dance:
"It was easily a big time win for us. Iowa State is a great team. They were a tough team when we played them at their house, and they always are. They've been a tough team throughout the whole conference. They're one of the top teams so it's definitely a good win for us."

Baylor Senior G Gary Franklin

On what Baylor did different defensively tonight:
"I think we tried to pressure a little more when the guys caught the ball on the outside. Last time we played them we sat back and let Kane dribble out. Obviously he is a better shooter than what people think; we just had the mindset of pressuring everybody in the zone and we got a lot of deflections and turnovers from it."

On having Kenny Chery back:
"He makes a huge difference. He's a big part of our puzzle that we have to this team. When Brady's knocking down shots and Kenny's knocking down shots it gets our team going and it's hard to guard when you have everybody in the game that can pretty much score. That was big for both of them tonight."


Iowa State Head Coach Fred Hoiberg

On having no points the last four minutes
"They switched back to their zone defense, and we just didn't make shots there in that last four-minute stretch. We gave ourselves an opportunity to win, but we had 14 turnovers. We have not had too many games where turnovers have hurt us. I thought tonight, they did. And it's just unfortunate that we didn't make the plays down the stretch. We've lost two road games in a row. We can't get too beat up about that. We have a big one coming up at home against Oklahoma State on Saturday. We'll regroup, and we will be better. We have a lot of basketball left with this team, and I am confident in that."

On Melvin Ejim and Georges Niang:
"You know I think they just struggled on the inside. George obviously had two fouls in two minutes and that hurts us a lot, especially against zone where George is kind of our playmaker in the middle of that thing. George never really got into a rhythm tonight. So, fouls I think was a big key on George's end. And, Melvin he's out there battling for us. He's out there against bigger guys against longer guys. It's just one of those nights."

On keeping it close:
"We knocked down shots tonight, that's what kept it close. The first half I thought we really defended them. [In the] second half, Heslip obviously got it going. They were going inside and you know, it's a pick your poison deal. I thought our rotations were bad out of the double teams. That's something we work on every day, we've been pretty good at it. Tonight we weren't in the second half; first half I thought we were pretty good."

On regrouping for Oklahoma State:
"We'll be fine. Like I said, we lost two road games in the Big 12 Conference. We're not the only team that happened to. And, again we haven't had our two best offensive nights, but we still had an opportunity to win the game. So that's a positive take out of this. You have to try to take positives out of games in these situations.



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