Post-Game Quotes: Oklahoma State 82, TCU 50
Jan. 15, 2014
TCU Head Coach Trent Johnson
"(Oklahoma State is a) really good basketball team. I thought they wore us down. I thought we competed really well and really hard. They have a good offense, but that's attributed to good defense. They can come get you in there and Marcus (Smart) is a very good basketball player. Markel Brown, man he's improved, he's a very good basketball player. Brian Williams is a really good basketball player. We did exactly what we needed to do, we made some shots."
"In the second half, it didn't exactly get away from us, they were just better. They wore us down and our guys were engaged. First time all year they have seen high-caliber competition with the two on the glass. Then the last 10-12 minutes were just skewed so I don't pay attention to getting beat by 30 as opposed to knowing that the guys that I have to have play were out there and got (down) only 18 or 19."
"We need to get back to Fort Worth, have a day off and try to get healthy. We're about as healthy as we've been. It looked like Amric (Fields) is trying to get himself back in shape coming back off of ACL surgery. Its the first time he's been able to play those kind of minutes. Karviar (Shepherd) is banged up with his quad, but he played well. So, it's still an adjustment period for us, it's nice to see us have some points. They have a good basketball team here in Stillwater and it should be interesting for y'all come Saturday. It should be fun."
On Karviar Shepherd's play:
"He played well versus a good team. (Kamari) Murphy is a good basketball player, they have some talent, they have some depth. So he played well."
On playing Oklahoma State:
"It's always tough but the reality is, are we better than what we are playing? Yeah, we are. But the kid's spirits are as good as they can be because they understand and we got off to a pretty good start against a team in West Virginia and we played good basketball, a good 30 minutes against a good K-State team. Oklahoma State is better than we are, they're deeper and more talented than we are, and that's the reality of it. It's important for me in my position that the kids understand that and see the big picture. Now obviously, we understand that you want to go into a battle with all of these minutes. But that's why I said I thought in the first half we played as good of basketball as we had played in a long time and their athleticism, strength and all of that stuff wore us down."
TCU Center Karviar Shepherd
On getting involved early:
"We just saw a mis-match down low and just really focused on attacking that. We were really just trying to do everything we could to win the game."
On becoming more involved with the offense:
"I'm just trying to play in the system and do whatever I possibly can to help this team win."
TCU Guard Michael Williams
On Oklahoma State:
"They are a good team. They are up there with the best. The Big 12 is really good this year and we're going to have to be prepared every game."
On Oklahoma State shooting well:
"They came out shooting hot and continued that throughout the game. We started off pretty well, but then some of those shots just were not falling. I thought we kept our composure though and really tried to find another way to win the game."