Dec. 6, 2016

Florida Atlantic 79 (3-5, 0-0 Conference USA), Ohio State 77 (7-2, 0-0 B1G)
Dec. 6, 2016
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 11,862

Thad Matta
, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“We let everything affect us, and they outplayed us, there’s no question about that. When things happen we have to be tougher and say ‘we can defy this’ and who cares if they bank a 3-pointer. We have to go back down on offense and execute.”

On the team’s play at the end of the game
“Down the stretch our play really wasn’t good. We didn’t get a shot off at the end of regulation, and we really didn’t pressure them at all. They were able to run everything they wanted to; the entire night we played back on our heels.”

On the team’s slow start to the game
“We spent a lot of time on transition defense this week and they had three 3-pointers to start the game in transition. Our pace offensively really wasn’t up to the pace that we’ve had when we have been effective earlier in the season.”

Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State junior forward
On what went wrong tonight
“We got it going late. We couldn’t make shots in the first half. They were hot, and down the stretch we didn’t execute and they did.”

On how the team played at Virginia versus how they played the last two games
“I feel like when we do bring the energy, we are a completely different team than when we don’t. As of right now, we have not brought that energy as much as we did against Virginia. Right now we just have to find a way to come out every game and play like we did against Virginia. This one hurt, but it’s a long season and we have to prepare for UConn.”

JaQuan Lyle, Ohio State sophomore guard
On how to handle the loss
“I don’t even know. We go to Virginia and we play the best basketball we’ve played since I’ve been here, and the past two games I have felt like we are reverting back.”

On what happened to allow FAU to rattle off 14 points in the second half
“They were hitting really tough shots. I felt like we were playing great defense. I don’t know why we weren’t putting points on the board. We will all have to watch film and look at that. Kudos to them, but at the end of the day we have buckle down and get a stop.”

Michael Curry, Florida Atlantic head coach
On what matchup advantages led to victory
”It was not necessarily matchups. We felt like we had to make 10 3’s, and had to get 30 points from the free-throw line. We had to try to find a way on the road to play even at the free-throw line. We felt like if we do that, we’ll always have a chance.”

On where this victory ranks in program history
“This is one of the top two or three for sure. We’re thankful for the opportunity to come up here and play a really good team. We’re going to play other teams with not quite as much length as this team, and not as much talent, with so many guys who can handle the ball and do things off the dribble. Hopefully this gives us confidence, and we’re going to use this with our guys as much as possible from a positive standpoint.”