Postgame Quotes: Ohio State (19-5, 6-5) 67, Purdue (14-10, 4-7) 49

Feb. 8, 2014

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Ohio State (19-5, 6-5) 67, Purdue (14-10, 4-7) 49
Feb. 8, 2014
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 18,809 (sellout)

Thad Matta, Ohio State Head Coach
On Ohio State’s performance
“I like the way we are playing right now. I wouldn’t say we had a perfect game, but we made some plays we needed to make offensively and defensively that really opened the game up. “

On Lenzelle Smith Jr.’s performance
“It definitely opens things up for us. We like Lenzelle to take those shots when he is open. I like seeing him playing like a senior.”

On Ohio State’s current win streak
“You like to feel good, but right now one bad segment can cost you the game. I hope our guys are feeling better about what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and how we’re doing it. That is what I want them to be confident in, our execution.”

LaQuinton Ross, junior forward
On improving on the offensive end
I think we are a way better team. Like I said before, it’s a group effort. When everyone is making shots I think we're almost unstoppable on offense.”

Lenzelle Smith Jr., senior guard
On building momentum during the game
“It was all stimulated with our defense. Our stops led to great offense. It picks us up as a team. Guys were high-fiving and it was an electric feeling in the building.”

On his improved shooting from long distance
“It feels great because if I can show my team I can make 3-pointers I know they are going to look for me. It’s a great feeling knowing that the ball is coming to you. I don’t have to worry about anything but getting my feet set and shooting the ball.”

Matt Painter, Purdue head coach
On Purdue’s performance
“I think the difference in the game was our inability to make a lay-up in the first half. We had the ball at the rim ample amounts of time and didn’t finish. In the second half, I thought it was our turnovers and Ohio State’s ability to score in transition. We self-destructed and turned the ball over and you can’t do that against a team like Ohio State.”

On the maturity of the young Boilermaker squad
“I just don’t see that consistency and maturity yet to be able to make those necessary plays to win games. You’ve got to be tougher than somebody, but you’ve also got to be smarter than somebody. Today, when you have 15 turnovers and only one offensive rebound in the second half, that says it all.”