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Ohio State (19-12, 10-8 Big Ten) 63, No. 18 Michigan State (24-7, 12-6 Big Ten) 54
March 9, 2008
Value City Arena
Columbus, Ohio 
Attendance: 19,049

Postgame Quotes

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On Ohio State’s defense in the second half
“We talked about having more activity and awareness. Guys were moving and talking better and were more aware of where the shooter was. It was a completely different out there during the last 10 minutes. They played harder and smarter.”

On David Lighty
“David played a very good game. He got some big rebounds, got his hands on the ball and was very strong with the ball offensively.”

On Othello Hunter
“Othello got off to a slow start today. It didn’t seem like he was in the flow of the game early on. Then he took advantage of his athleticism and length in the second half, and that put-back was one of the best plays I’ve seen in this building.”

On Ohio State’s seniors
“I couldn’t be happier for them. To have 100 wins in four years is monumental for them.”

On the team’s tournament chances
“They’ve had to do what they’ve needed to do. To beat two ranked teams, these guys are playing very good basketball. I hope that the way we’ve finished the regular season is taken into consideration.”

Jamar Butler, senior guard
On the game
“We needed this win. We stepped up and played well. The second half went great. We made some adjustments and made some buckets. The zone defense worked well for us.”

On winning their last two games
“It was great to get a win even though it was this late in the season, but we’ll take it. Hopefully we’ll get in the [NCAA] tournament. We played two teams ranked in the Top 25, they came in here and we knocked both of them off.”

Matt Terwilliger, senior forward
On senior day
“It was weird knowing that this was probably the last time I’d be walking off the court. It’s been good. I wouldn’t take any of it back.”

On starting the game
“It was alright. That didn’t make a big difference to me. I did appreciate it being senior day though.”

Othello Hunter, senior forward
On senior day
“It was hard to come out here today knowing it’s my last game. I’m going to really miss my teammates. Leaving them is what’s hard.”

On the game
“Coach just kept telling me to go to the boards. I was doing that all game, but in the second half things started to open up for me.”

David Lighty, sophomore guard
On senior night
“It was important to send them out with a win. Coach talked about it before the game. We wanted to get a win for the seniors. It was special for them being the class with the most wins in Ohio State history.”

On the game
“Coach kept telling me when I attack I’m able to open up shots and open things up for the post. We get more offensive rebounds. “

Tom Izzo, Michigan State head coach
On how Michigan State played down the stretch
“I’m terribly disappointed with how we played at the end of the game. We played well then threw it all away at the end. Our turnovers killed us.”

On Ohio State’s defense in the game
“We have to take the blame for most of our turnovers today. Give them credit, but we just threw the ball into their hands most of the time. They are a good team, but we had them down by 10 points and let them come back.”

On Michigan State’s defense
“We can’t make excuses. When they started driving, they got aggressive and we got passive. We missed a lot of wide open shots too.”

On the shot clock malfunction
“The shot clocks hurt us, but it was the same for them. So many things happened in this game so I can’t use that as an excuse.”

On Ohio State’s chances of making the NCAA Tournament
“This is a good basketball team. Do I think Ohio State should be in? Hands down, yes. They beat two ranked teams down the stretch and played a really tough non-conference schedule. I would have them in, but it’s not up to me.”