November 19, 2017

Postgame Quotes: Ohio State 80, Northeastern 55

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Nov. 19, 2017

POSTGAME QUOTES
Ohio State 80, Northeastern 55
Nov. 19, 2017
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 10,779

Chris Holtmann, Ohio State head coach
On difference in play between first and second half
“I was certainly pleased with the start of the game, and really the bulk of the first half. I think that Northeastern can be a really difficult team to play. Their size across the board can present some problems. To play as well as we did in the first half was really good. Having said that, the second half exposed us in some ways that we’ve already been exposed in these last four games. When we don’t play with great attention to detail and maximum effort on the defensive end teams can really make runs on us. We’ve got to play with more consistent effort across the board defensively.”

On the play of Keita Bates-Diop
“He looks like he’s having fun. It’s fun to play hard and just leave it all out there. I think that’s good to see. He’s not a super emotional guy. That’s fine, because he’s a great balance to Jae’Sean (Tate). Keita has to play full throttle to be at his best, and we’ve challenged him with playing with a great motor. When he does that, he is really hard to handle.”

Northeastern head coach Bill Coen
On the play of Ohio State
“Their rebounding and inside presence is very good. They are just a bunch of very good basketball players. They’re extremely well coached and they have a lot of size on their starting five. I think they’ll get even better as the year goes on.”

On being outrebounded despite their size advantage
“I think sometimes rebounding is about girth as much as it is size. They have some wide bodies that are able to carve out space under the basket, allowing them to grab rebounds.”

Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State junior forward

On his fast-break dunk
“That was me just using my wingspan and playing hard. It was just fun out there. Everyone was playing hard and we went on a big run and that capped it off. It was an exciting moment.”

Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State senior forward
On breaking school record for highest field goal percentage
“I just saw a couple of opportunities to attack. My teammates did a great job of getting the ball to me in the middle of the zone where I can be very effective. Without them, 10 for 10 probably wouldn’t have happened.”

On reducing turnovers 
“Today was only the fourth game. We know the turnovers are going to come down as the season goes on. We are hoping for even more of a decline. We are just trying to let to game come to us.”