MBK Postgame Quotes

Nov. 11, 2012

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MBK: No. 4 Ohio State 82, Albany 60
Nov. 11, 2012
Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
Attendance: 13,497

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On his emphatic first half timeout
"I called a timeout after a scramble situation because I didn't like one of our guys' reactions. He put his hands up and laid into a teammate and we're not good enough to let our mistakes compound like that, so I got into him and said `let's go'. "

On the cancellation of the game Friday
"The guys were itching to play a game. Obviously they were more ready Friday night against Marquette, but things didn't work out. They responded well and realized the significance of what they were doing for our men and women in the armed services. We got back to Columbus and had a great shootaround this morning in preparation for Albany."

On Aaron Craft's three-point shot
"I give him a lot of credit for working hard all offseason; he was in the gym every day. Having another guy who can put the ball in the basket is vital for this team."

Aaron Craft, junior guard
On being the go-to outside shooter
"In the offseason I worked to make those shots. We put a lot of effort in having guys shooting behind screens. My teammates have to trust me to make those shots and I'm earning their confidence. It's not hard to knock down wide-open shots when you have great players working with you."

Deshaun Thomas, junior forward
On the cancellation of the Friday night
"We all were disappointed we did not get to play Friday night. Being with the troops and the kids and knowing it was not about us but others made us want to play more."

On the 13-point run after the timeout in first half
"Coach Matta told us to play hard, keep knocking shots down and to not let up. Aaron [Craft] and Lenzelle [Smith Jr.] knocked down a couple shots and that's what he wanted. We kept our intensity high."

Lenzelle Smith Jr., junior guard
On the cancellation of the game Friday night
 "When the officials announced we were not going to play, the look on the fans' faces was sad. Some people came back just to see the game. The troops put their lives in danger for us every day, but we understand it was for our safety not to play the game."

On his 3-pointer at the end of the first half
"I am happy I was in the spot I was supposed to be for that shot. Aaron saw me and made a great pass, which helped me to make the shot. Guys always want to make that buzzer-beater shot, and you don't get many of those."

Will Brown UAlbany Head Coach
On Ohio State's 17-3 run
"When Thad Matta called a timeout, the players saw how animated he was and I think it lit a fire under them. When we face a team like Ohio State, we have very little room for error. Ultimately, we couldn't knock down enough shots."

On Aaron Craft
"Craft is going to be a NBA player for the next 10 years; he's the best defensive guard in the country."

On Ohio State's bench
"They have McDonald All-Americans on their bench; my team goes to McDonald's just to eat, I think if this team finds some more consistency at the five spot, they can surely go far."