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Feb. 2, 2005

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Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
Opening statement
“I think the key to the game tonight came in the second half, we played much better defense. I thought our defense helped generate our offense. Our defense is the most important thing for us this season.”

On five guys scoring in double figures
“With this team we go into each game trying to preach sharing the basketball. Tonight we had five guys in double-figures and that is a good sign.”

On taking care of the basketball
“I think we can help our defense by taking care of the basketball and we did that tonight.”

J.J. Sullinger, Ohio State junior forward
On the team’s defensive play
“I thought we did a good job of playing defense tonight. Coach always tells us to help each other out at all times when on defense so we did the best we could to have five guys guarding the ball at all times.”

On the game
“We played one of our better games tonight. We moved the ball well and got some good looks from both outside and inside. When we have as many offensive weapons as we have we have to try and get the ball into everyone’s hands.”

Je’Kel Foster, Ohio State junior guard
On the game
“Our goal tonight was to come out and set the tone early and we did a good job of that. We opened up a good lead and never looked back. When we can open the game strong it builds our confidence throughout the game.”

Matt Sylvester, Ohio State junior forward
On carrying momentum
“Basketball is a game of runs. To go on a 23-1 run at the end of the Northwestern game gave us momentum for this game. Now, if we can carry this momentum over the next month I think we will be a tough team to beat.”

Matt Painter, Purdue assistant coach
On the game
“I thought our guys gave a good effort. We did a good job on the glass. We were not able to get the ball to Carl (Landry). During the second half we had the inability to defend. We left shots open and Ohio State made them. (Je’Kel) Foster made those shots when they needed them. We did a good job isolating (Terence) Dials, but we left too many shots open. Our guys needed to feed in the post. In the first half we had the opportunity to separate ourselves and we didn’t do that. I give OSU credit. They were able to make the shots.”

On coaching in place of head coach Gene Keady
“This was my scout, so it made it easy. I wish we could have got the win for Coach Keady. We just didn’t take care of the ball.”

On Coach Keady
“He (Gene Keady) propped me up and got me here. We just need to keep plugging away, get in the (Big Ten) tournament and see what happens.”