Dec. 7, 2002

Recap| Box Score| Notes

Ohio State head coach Jim O’Brien
“It was a very good win for us. I look at this game like it was a first round game in the NCAA tournament.

“We beat a very good basketball team today. They are a very mature team and they have had a lot of success. I have to give them a lot of credit.

“We have to be very happy to win the way we did. The game was going our way early. But, they did good getting in the post. Our guys did a good job picking up on their changes.”

Junior guard Emonte Jernigan
“A lot of my shots just didn’t go down for me today but it felt good to hit a big shot at the end of the game. It was a good sign that we were still able to pull off the win even though we didn’t shoot well. I think that shows the kind of character that we have on this team.”

Senior guard Brent Darby
“This was a big win for us because it got us back to .500. I thought it was a good sign that some of the guys stepped up off the bench to help us down the stretch.”

Senior guard Sean Connolly
On Tennessee Tech:
“We knew coming in we were in for a challenge. They’re very aggressive on the boards. We knew it would be a struggle to box out on every shot.”

On his team’s execution:
“We did a very good job executing today. Everything Coach (O’Brien) called, we ran well.”

Sophomore center Terrence Dials
On Tennessee Tech:
“We knew coming in they were a physical team. We couldn’t put them away in the second half and that’s a sign of a quality team.” On Ohio State’s performance late in the game:
“We’re not going to panic down the stretch. That is just the character of this team, but we have to do a better job early of not letting teams stay in the game.”

Tennessee Tech head coach Mike Sutton
On the game:
“It was a hard fought game. OSU did a tremendous job executing at the end. Coach O’Brien did a good job with his team defensively. We are going to have to find a way to win the close ones down the road. It’s more effort than anything else. At halftime we were disappointed in our effort plays like rebounding.”

On Ohio State’s Brent Darby:
“We had to limit what he can do. You can’t stop a player like Brent Darby, he is just too good. We like to play a lot of different players. Of course, you want a kid like Darby to play forty-minutes because he is a great player.”