Men's Basketball

Postgame Quotes: No. 11 Ohio State 89, Morgan State 50

Nov. 9, 2013

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POSTGAME QUOTES
No. 11 Ohio State 89, Morgan State 50
Nov. 9, 2013
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 16,777

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On Shannon Scott’s improved shooting 
“He really got off to a great start today. Improving his shooting was a point of emphases for him. We talked about it all offseason. I told him he has to be able to knock down those shots.”

On LaQuinton Ross as a rebounder
“We knew we were losing a great rebounder in Deshaun Thomas and we were wondering who was going to pick up the slack. LaQuinton did a really great job rebounding out of his given area. We are going to need him to continue rebounding in that way.”

On Sam Thompson’s improved mid-range game
“Sam really wants to win and he is bringing great energy off the bench. He knows he is going to play his minutes and do what he is capable of doing for the team. Sam did a great job tonight and understands what he needs to do.” 

LaQuinton Ross, junior forward
On Ohio State’s shot-making ability
“We’ve got players that can knock down open shots at any time. We struggled with that at times last season, but now everyone has been in the gym during the summer and preseason and it’s become a strength.”

Shannon Scott, junior guard
On his first career start alongside Ross
“We don’t think about starting or not starting. When we get in the game, we just try and make the most of it.”

On the team’s turnovers
“We started playing the clock and got a little lazy out there, and it caused turnovers for us. We’ve really got to stay focused through the whole 40 minutes and cut down the turnovers.”

On having balanced scoring
 “It really makes it hard for our team to be guarded – teams really can’t focus on one player.”

Lenzelle Smith Jr., senior guard
On 3-point shots
“We come out here and every game is going to be different. You’ve just got to take what the defense gives you. I think our spacing was really good today and our team was able to find open guys.”

Todd Bozeman, Morgan State head coach
On Ohio State as an opponent
“First of all, Thad Matta is a great coach and did a great job of getting his team ready.  We knew coming into the game they were ranked and a tough opponent. They moved the ball, they shared the ball, they played hard and they were always going downhill. They’re going to have a great season.”

On what Morgan State will get out of the game
“You can’t get caught up in one game. That is why I kept coaching them all through the game. Obviously, we don’t match up, but we are trying to focus on what we do. You have to work on finding your identity as a team. I wanted them to keep playing regardless of the score and be disciplined in terms of our rotations.”


 

 

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