|Photo from Manhattan Mercury
K-State won for the first time since January 29th, beating Iowa State 79-63 yesterday. Xavier Sneed scored a career high 31points on senior day. Here’s some quotes from the coach and players after the game.
“I just reflected about everything that I’ve been through and the banners that we have put up there. I was looking up at those, and it just meant a lot to me. It was a surreal moment.”…Xavier Sneed after scoring 31 points and kneeling at mid-court and kissing the Powercat logo after the game.
JM: It was very nice seeing Xavier Sneed have a career day on senior day. It’s been a rough season, but he went out on a high note.
“I knew it was over after you hit that one. They were going up,”…Pierson McAtee on Xavier Sneed’s hot start in the game.
JM: Sneed started out so hot that Iowa State was never really in this one. It was great to see.
“First I’ve got to compliment DaJuan for his text message, just as a freshman to say, hey, ‘Pierson should start for me,’ and it’s unbelievable. It shows his character, his selflessness, shows how much cares and respects Pierson.”…Bruce Weber after the game
JM: Freshman DaJuan Gordon sent a text to Bruce Weber before the game requesting that former walk-on senior Pierson McAtee start in his place for the game. Pretty cool.
“Hopefully we can get four in a row.”…Xavier Sneed after the game
JM: It’s gonna be tough just to get that first one against TCU on Wednesday night.
“I feel like he deserves to play, because he comes hard at practice every day and doesn’t complain. He’s a guy that you can talk to about anything on and off the court.”…Dajuan Gordon on McAtee.
“The Cyclones, the No. 9 seed next week, are assured their first 20-loss season since Ken Trickey’s 1975-76 team went 3-24. The only other time Iowa State lost 20 games was when the 1970-71 team lost 21.”…Des Moines Register
JM: Iowa State is having a historically bad season as well. They’ve had a lot of injuries, but I don’t recall watching an Iowa State team play quite this poorly.