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Dec. 31, 2004

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Thad Matta, Ohio State Head Coach
Opening statement
“Tonight we beat a good basketball team. We knew coming in it was going to be a 40 minute war. I think we had a slow start with the defense – we gave up 10 points in the first four minutes. In the second we came out and didn’t have the defensive mentality we needed. That let them make some great runs. I was much happier when we settled down and started to play some good defense.”

On the game
“I think this game was a great test for the team. St. Joe is 3-6 and if you can find a better 3-6 team I’d like to see who they are. We needed to have a game where we were back and forth on the court a bit. I think it helps us prepare for the next 17 games and for the team.”

Matt Sylvester, Ohio State junior guard
On scoring seven straight points
“I just got into the flow of the game and allowed the game to come to me. I took advantage of the opportunities I got. It felt good to get going and help my team out.”

Terence Dials, Ohio State junior center
On free-throw shooting
“I’ve been more focused on my free-throw shooting and taking more shots in practice. The more repetition the better and I’ve been fortunate to knock them down in the games. They tried to play more aggressive and that gave me an opportunity to go to the line and make free-throws.”

Jamar Butler, Ohio State freshman guard
On his defense
“Coach Matta pushes us every day to play hard on the defensive end of the court and that’s what I’m trying to do. I know how important it is to play good defense at the collegiate level. I couldn’t get my offense going early so I just tried to get my team going with my defense.”

Phil Martelli, Saint Joseph’s head coach
On his team’s play
“I thought every guy on our team makes bonehead plays, and we have to shore that up before we get into league play. Everybody tried, but you’re supposed to try. You get a scholarship to play. The individual breakdowns hurt. We don’t have enough talent to overcome the bonehead plays.”

On defending Ohio State center Terence Dials
“In the second half, we played him one-on-one, except when Dwayne Jones was out and then we ran a second big guy at him.”

On Ohio State
“Somebody on their team is always feeling good and they have a tendency to find that guy.”