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Postgame Quotes
Ohio State (13-5, 3-4) 67, No. 7 Michigan State (16-3, 6-1) 78 
Jan. 25, 2009
Value City Arena
Attendance: 18,767

Ohio State Head Coach Thad Matta
On today’s game
“I thought we played on heck of a basketball team today. We did some things very well but didn’t execute others.”

On David Lighty
“He helps in the back line a lot and keeps us bigger with Evan Turner being on the wing spot. He’s getting another x-ray next Friday I believe and then we’ll have a better gauge when he’ll be back.”

On the forced three-point shots
“I can’t remember all of them but I thought Jon (Diebler) had a pretty decent look on one. When a team makes a run on us were getting better on keeping our composure. We still have a little ways to go but thought we did a good job of executing today what we wanted to do.”

On Michigan State
“They made plays they needed to make down the stretch. Coming into today I knew we were going to have to play 40 minutes of great basketball. They’re a great team and the fact they have one loss I think says a lot about the conference.”

On the defense
“The defense was effective for the most part. The first half we didn’t cover the back half of the class like we need to. We need to learn to finish the play regardless.”

On Michigan State player Kalin Lucas
“Lucas made some tough shots. He was a key proponent in this game. He’s a tremendous guard. We didn’t guard as well as we should. He goes left and he goes right so you don’t know what way he’s going to go.”

On the offense
“Thought we did well today. We put some new stuff in the game. We shot 55 percent. I’ll take that percentage every day.”

Evan Turner, sophomore guard
On Big Ten game against Michigan State
“We needed to finish out plays in the second half. They made the plays needed to win and their guys hit shots. It was the little things that killed us with grabbing the rebounds. They were able to put up second shots . I thought our offensive and defensively flow was good but the rebounding kept them alive in the first half and really helped them out in the second.”

On offensive game plan vs. Michigan State
 “We tried to focus on getting the  ball to B.J. today and then kick it out to our open guys on the sides. Our shots wouldn’t fall in the second half and that was the difference today.”

Jon Diebler, sophomore guard
On game against Michigan State
“Michigan State is a great basketball team who was able to make runs on us today. I think our guards need to do a better job, but they caught on fire. College basketball is a game of runs and we didn’t respond to them. “

On second chances for Michigan State
“There were times where I thought we did, but it is not very fun guarding for 35 seconds and guarding them again. It’s frustrating when that happens against a great basketball team and they made us pay. Obviously we don’t like to lose but we can’t complain about it. We got to keep going, get ready for Michigan Wednesday and come back tomorrow to get better as a team.”

Tom Izzo, Michigan State head coach
On the game
“It was a big win against a quality opponent on the road. We had a decent start, but OSU was shooting well. Toward the end of the game, even though Ohio State was shooting 54 percent, I was still comfortable with what we wanted to do. The game came down to two keys, (Durrell) Summers and (Kalin) Lucas. They were very good.”

On the second half
“We only had three in the second half after a ridiculous nine in the first. We got the ball in the middle of their zone in the second half. This is going to be a very good Ohio State team, though. They are going to be a contender when they get a healthy David Lighty back.”

On second chance points
“Ohio State is short a guy right now and that is big. It looked like some of they guys legs were gone at the end of the game. So I think it had to do more with our depth.”

On the Ohio State zone
“We kicked it around the perimeter (in the first half). They widened the zone and we penetrated it in the second. Lucas got in and made some shots and we did a good job of adjusting.”