Feb. 1, 2003

Recap| Box Score| Notes

Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody
“In the first half the game was pretty much back and fourth. T.J. (Parker) missed some shots that he usually makes. He has to make shots for us to have a chance at winning games.”

On Brent Darby:
“He is a really quick player and an all-around complete guard. Coming in, we knew we couldn’t lay off of him and allow him to penetrate. We didn’t do a good job of that.”

On Ohio State:
“They are a very solid team. Most of their losses come to some very good teams on the road.”

Ohio State head coach Jim O’Brien
“Every game is crucial. We feel we have a chance to win some games. It is important to take care of business at home. We could say every game we have left is the most important game of the season.”

“We felt like we had an advantage inside, so we tired to work the ball down low. We are struggling from 3-point range and that is something that we have to work on. Our big guys have to step up when we aren’t hitting the outside shots. We played well in the second half and got the tempo going.”

On having four players score in double figures:
“We don’t have to rely on one guy so heavily. If one guy has a bad shooting game, we can find other places to score and it makes us harder to guard as a team.”

Junior forward Zach Williams
“We have eight games left and it’s a long road ahead. We must continue to win to be successful. Northwestern tried to control the tempo of the game but we did a better job of not allowing them to do that. To get a victory was a big step for us to continue winning this season. We have an urgency to win every game in order to improve.” Senior guard Brent Darby
“We are getting back all our players from the injured list and that is helping our team. We really tired to get the ball inside. That was our advantage and we were successful at doing that. Northwestern definitely likes to shoot 3-pointers and they like to slow the game up a little bit. At this point in the season, we don’t care how many points we win by. A win is a win. We need several wins to continue this season and we can’t get excited over one win.”

Freshman forward Matt Sylvester
“He (Coach O’Brien) explained that our backs were to the wall and if we don’t start making plays and winning games we wont make the postseason. That put a fire in us and we played a better second half. We just kept our focus and once we opened up the lead, we played hard and kept it.”

On his game:
“Lately my confidence is starting to come back and I’m playing the way I know I can play. Any contributions I can give is a plus.”