Dec. 28, 2002

Recap| Box Score| Notes

Ohio State head coach Jim O’Brien
“We needed to do better on getting back defensively because they like move the ball in transition. We also knew it was important to stay out on their 3-point shooters because they love to shoot. Early on, we didn’t move out on their shooters or get back as well as we should have. Once we started to do that, we did very well containing them. Today we went inside a lot more. We had a definite height advantage against them and we stayed aggressive. We got up 30 points and began to inch away from our defensive plan. I give them (Tennessee State) credit. They stuck with their game plan and continued to shoot from outside.”

Junior Shun Jenkins
“In the first half I came out a little shaky but as the game wore on I became more comfortable. I think overall we played well but toward the end we gave up too much in transition. We need to put teams away when we have a lead.”

Senior Brent Darby
“Sean (Connolly) stepped up for us today. He really was hitting his shots from the outside. Toward the end, we fell asleep by not getting back on defense. I think now we are beginning to take care of business at home heading into the Big Ten season.”

Senior Sean Connolly
“(Velimir Radinovic) has really been stepping up for us inside. I felt good today from the outside. My shot was falling in the early going and I just kept shooting. I was feeling it.” Tennessee State assistant coach Hosea Lewis
“We wanted to come out with a lot of energy and establish a flow, which we did. Our offense stalled on us, which is unusual for us.”

On absence of head coach Richardson III
“It showed on the floor but we had a lot of enthusiasm and showed a lot of character. It’s hard on everybody.”

On Ohio State’s adjustments to turn game around
“They went into that 2-3 zone. That’s probably the weakest aspect of our game. When we don’t shoot well like we did in the first half, we struggle. If we shoot well in the first half, we have a chance.”