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Ohio State (18-8, 8-7 Big Ten) 73, Penn State (19-9, 8-7 Big Ten) 59
Feb. 24, 2009
Value City Arena
Attendance: 18,170

Postgame Quotes

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“I thought our guys did a great job. We were much better defending and rebounding. Penn State hit some incredible shots to get back into it, but our guys did a good job staying in composure throughout the game.”

On Jeremie Simmons
“Both he and P.J. (Hill) were very effective. Penn State wasn’t going to guard them and focused on Evan (Turner) and Jon (Diebler). P.J. had some drive and kicks that were very effective.”

On the total team effort
“I thought just with the flow of the game everyone gave us something at some point in the game.”

P.J. Hill, junior guard
On the game
“I think we had energy on both ends, offensively and defensively. I think we executed the game plan well and it seemed to work for us. Everyone really stepped up tonight. We tried a new zone, which was just a little more man-to-man. We tried to match up against their shooters and key players, the same way they tried to take Evan out of the game.”

On Jeremie Simmons
“From day one, we’ve worked together. When he came here, I tried to get him acclimated to the system. We have a lot of plays called for wings and bigs.”

On starting
“I just try to help the team as much as I can. I like to be behind the scenes. I want to blend into the team.”

B.J. Mullens, freshman center
On the game
“We didn’t get tired. The fans keep you going. They keep you running. It was a big win for us. We have to come out Saturday and do the same thing.“

On playing better transition defense
“I was just stepping it up and trying to hustle. I was getting back into the play. Diebler helped me on the baseline trap.”

Jeremie Simmons, junior guard
On making 3-pointers
“I got some good looks and was able to knock them down.”

On PJ starting
“I talked to coach yesterday about P.J. [Hill] starting. I felt like I would be more productive coming off the bench. P.J. stepped up.”

Ed DeChellis, Penn State head coach
On a slow start
“We worked on things in practice and we didn’t execute. Once we got settled down, we were fine. I told them it was going to be a game of runs, and if we didn’t throw the first punch, we had to absorb it.”

On Evan Turner
“I think we were our own worst enemy tonight. We let them get on a run and moving Turner to the top at the end of the game really didn’t affect us. Our plan was to take Turner out and make someone else take shots.  We hadn’t seen the consistency from Simmons and Hill like we did tonight.”

On execution
“We didn’t execute very well. There was a lack of execution and we dribbled the ball way too much. It was poor on our part, a lack of execution.”

Jamelle Cornley, Penn State senior forward
On fan support
“We had a good amount of fans give us a lot of support. We wished we could have gotten a win for them.”

On starting slow
“They started hitting shots and P.J. Hill started hitting shots. When the offense gets shots, it affects the defense. But we persevered and fought back. It was a game of runs, and we fought back.”

On coming back to Columbus
“I’ve matured and understand that you can’t win every game. I’ve had a great career and not just in this building. We didn’t get the win, but I think I’ve gotten a lot of respect.”