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No. 13 Ohio State 85 (17-6, 7-3 Big Ten), Penn State 63 (8-14, 0-10 Big Ten)
Feb. 3, 2010
Value City Arena
Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 14,148

POSTGAME QUOTES
Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On Diebler’s three to give Ohio State a 68-62 lead late in the second half
“I knew he had to make it – he’s a shooter, it’s what he does. He had a tough night scoring, but I told him to keep taking good looks and eventually one will fall. He showed good poise to be able to step up and knock it down.”

On Evan Turner
“He did a great job of helping us keep Penn State at bay throughout the second half. He made great plays, and that’s what we need him to do.”

On Talor Battle and Evan Turner
“It was kind of a USA Basketball showcase out there. Obviously, they’re both tremendous players and they showed that tonight. Battle was great at creating open shots for his guys off of penetration.”

On the team overlooking Penn State
“I don’t think we overlooked them. We had great respect for Penn State. They did exactly what I’ve seen them do at least nine times this season, come into a tough environment and give a great effort. I think that’s the best 0-9 team I’ve seen in the Big Ten.” 

Evan Turner, junior guard/forward
On working against Penn State
“Their offense was really clicking. They’re a dangerous team, especially when they’re getting in there and making shots. We just had to try and work against them as best we could.”
 
On Penn State’s defense“More stuff opened up in the second half as opposed to the first, so I got in the paint a lot more. Penn State deserves a lot of credit for this game.” 

Jon Diebler, junior guard
On the overall game
“We obviously didn’t play our best, but you have to give Penn State credit. I thought they did a nice job of attacking our defense. We know we can do a lot to improve on this game so we’ll have to go back and look at the film.”
 
On being versatile
“We didn’t come out with enough intensity. Tonight, they kind of came at us, but guys stepped up and made shots. It’s a team game, and we showed how versatile we really are sometimes. When we’re all clicking on the same page, it’s scary to think how good we can be.”
 
On his offensive game
“I know you’re not going to make every shot. That’s just part of the game. I knew one was bound to go in at one time or another, so my plan was just to keep shooting.”
 

William Buford, sophomore guard
On the overall game
“My teammates were doing good and we were getting good shots in so I was just happy we got a win.”

Ed DeChellis, Penn State head coach
On Jon Diebler’s only three-point field goal
“We tried to hang in there and we had a chance at the end. With about two minutes left it was a one possession game and then Diebler hit that big three. We tried to foul Lauderdale on the baseline but they got it out to Diebler and he hit it.”

“Sometimes you have to pick your poison. We wanted to put a body on Lauderdale and try to get him to the line, but that didn’t work and we didn’t cover Diebler. We obviously didn’t know he would be there and he hit the shot. That just seems to be how it’s going this year.”
 
On Talor Battle and Evan Turner playing against one another
“Both of them played well tonight and they made everyone on their teams better. It was fun to see two of this league’s best players face off and go at it.”