Nov. 11, 2011
POSTGAME QUOTES Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach On the game "It was an odd game. We focused on not losing our intensity. We did a decent job of that, especially on the defensive end. We were much better off in the second half."
On Wright State's 25 turnovers "I like to think we had some good activity defensively. [Wright State] is a young ball club playing on the road. They showed good poise on offense, but I think we played a big part in those."
William Buford, senior guard On tonight's game "I think we did a decent job tonight. We need to get better at executing offense, but I think we did very well to open the season."
On getting to the free throw line "We were just trying to be aggressive. The referees were calling it, so we just had to stay strong and attack."
On pregame nerves and preparation "I get nervous before every game, that's just me. As the game went on they (the freshmen) played pretty decent. What we did in practice transferred well to the game. We just need to come into practice this week and get ready for Florida."
Jared Sullinger, sophomore forward On being double-teamed "I had a double delay, which was unique. I just had to get to the foul line."
On starting the second half strong "That was a player thing. We came out and put our foot in their throats. We just picked up the intensity even though we were up 14. It's important for us to keep our intensity."
Billy Donlon, Wright State head coach On the game tonight "I am proud of our kids. The first twenty minutes we held Ohio State to 40 percent shooting. There is a lot from a competitive stand point to be proud of. There were some shots at the rim that we didn't finish and basketball is a slim margin game. Thad Matta is phenomenal. He made it about William Buford and he got everyone involved. Certainly you can't turn the ball over 25 times and beat Ohio State."
On rebounding and defense ""They missed 12 shots in the first half, and we got 10 of the rebounds. They got two offensive rebounds in the second half, so that was great. To come in here and hold them to 40 percent shooting in the first half and getting to play our defense with our young guys was good. I do believe we have things we can build on."
On Ohio State this year
"The entire team has a whole new role. Even Aaron Craft is in a new offensive role. They are going to be phenomenal because that is what that coaching staff does. But I think it is going to take some time."
Owls on Deck for Buckeyes
No. 7 Virginia Edges Ohio State, 63-61