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Ohio State (2-0) 61, Bowling Green (3-2) 57
Value City Arena
Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 24, 2008
Attendance: 12,751

Postgame Quotes

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“I think that we beat a very, very, very good basketball team. Bowling Green had a lot to do with it. Fortunately for us, we were able to make some big plays down the stretch and beat a good basketball team.”

On Jon Diebler being confident
“I think he is. I think he slowed down in his mind and he’s seeing things a lot better. He was sound all the way through, and that’s what you expect from sophomores.

On playing a MAC team
“It’s funny. I texted our guys at the halftime of the Ohio-Ohio State football game and said, You better be ready to go on November 24.’ I think that’s a team that’ll challenge for the MAC title. I hope we look down later in the season and say that was a great win.

Jon Diebler, sophomore guard
On playing with confidence
“We come to play hard and when you play hard you build confidence. We know basketball is a game of runs and they were making runs because they are a good team. We know we have the confidence and that we have each other’s backs.”

On practicing for close games
“We practice so hard and practice situations everyday. We’re confident because we rehearse it everyday. They made a run at the end, but we know what we can do.”

On his performance
“One of the things I worked on in the off season was my head fake. We have so many weapons that it’s hard to match up to us.”

On Bowling Green
“Bowling Green is an extremely good team and they played extremely hard. When you are exposed to teams like that it helps in the long run. We were confident because we knew who to get to the ball to.”

Evan Turner, sophomore guard
On his bloody nose
“When we were trapping I got a good hit. It was my first bloody nose. It was gross and cool at the same time.”

On the Mid-America Conference
“The MAC is similar to how we play. As guards, we have to meet their intensity.”

David Lighty, junior forward
On playing with intensity
“Coach keeps telling us to keep coming out and that’s how we wear out opponents down.”

On hitting free throws at the end of the second period
“I missed the first three, so I knew I had to make something. I just made them at the right time.”

Louis Orr, Bowling Green head coach
On the game
“When you play on the road like this, every play and every procession counts. Our guys didn’t quit fighting. Lauderdale scored and Lighty put up a few points and they had a seven-point lead, but we didn’t quit. In a game like this, you have to make the little plays. Our team played until the end.”

On BGSU’s Darryl Clements
“His confidence has improved. He really worked hard on offense. Physically he’s stronger and more athletic. He’s playing off the ball and he’s doing a great job off the boards.”

On Dallas Lauderdale
“He makes a huge difference in the game. He had six blocks. He’s a difference make on the defensive end. He’s a presence in the paint.”