Postgame Quotes: No. 7 Ohio State 65, Wyoming 50

Nov. 25, 2013

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No. 7 Ohio State 65, Wyoming 50
Nov. 25, 2013
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 15,438

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On Wyoming’s play tonight
“I told my players Wyoming is a very good basketball team, but we allowed them to shoot 55 percent in the first half. The adjustments we made in the second half resulted in the best defense we are capable of playing.”

On Sam playing from the four position
“Sam knows a lot about his position. He is a winner and whenever his opportunity comes he is ready.”

On getting to the basket in the second half
“Our spacing was a lot better. Amir Williams was the difference maker with his rebounding when we were trying to stretch the floor.”

On Wyoming’s Larry Nance Jr.
“Larry [Nance Jr.] is a tremendous player. I am very happy for him and the success he is having at Wyoming. I think it is a homecoming celebration for those players and they always play hard when they come home.”

Amir Williams, junior center
On his career-high 16 rebounds
“I’m just trying to rebound the ball. Coach told us there would be a lot of opportunity for us to get offensive rebounds tonight and I just took advantage of what the offense had and got those tip-ins. I just took advantage of what they gave me and did what I could.”

Lenzelle Smith Jr., senior guard
On his improved shooting vs. Wyoming
“I came out and they blocked a few of my shots early, but I just kept shooting. I was able to knock down my first three. I had some good looks at the basket and from a shooter’s standpoint, I just caught it, had my feet under me and let it go.”

On bringing Sam Thompson into the game
“From a defensive standpoint, it is Sam’s energy that allows him to play the great defense that he plays. He fires me up personally and I know he fires these guys up, which gives us an extra edge on defense.”

Aaron Craft, senior guard
On coming back after a slow start in the first half
“It just stemmed from our defense. We started guarding the ball a little better, we had stops and rebounds, and anytime we can do that we make the easy lay ups. That is what really helps our team.”

On facing adversity early in the season
“We haven’t played as well as we want to but it’s only November.  We are five games in and there is still a lot of basketball to be played.” 

Larry Shyatt, Wyoming head coach
On the differences in the game for Ohio State
“I thought Ohio State played really well in the second half. I thought Lenzelle (Smith Jr.) was the difference in the game because as a couple of their players have been struggling from the perimeter, I think he was the big difference for their team tonight.

On what sparked the Buckeye run in the second half
“The combination of more poor offense and poor shot selection commandeered their break. It wasn’t turnovers on our part. It was more blocked shots and then a corner three on their part. Simply put, I think that was the difference. We kept attacking the paint, but we came up short.”

On the three-point shooting of the Cowboys
“I thought we got a lot of the same shots we usually get the first 30 minutes. When we were down nine or 10, I think we hurried like many teams do. I’d rather compliment Ohio State.”

Larry Nance Jr., junior forward
On his performance
“It was really cool coming back home. It was a dream come true playing on this court. I’m proud of our team played tonight and the way we handled ourselves.”