Dec. 28, 2004

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Thad Matta, Ohio State Head Coach
Opening statement
“As I told the team after the game, We weren’t tuned into the game the way we needed to be. We would have three guys playing hard offensively and defensively. I talked to the team and told them to do that we do. For the most part we were more reactive than attacking. We are not a good enough team to do that.

On New Hampshire’s defense
“We saw in the tapes of them in the 2-3 and 1-3-1. In the Atlantic 10 and on the East Coast, we see those all the time. Offensively, the plays we run are designed to go against any defense. We did not get the shots we want. We worked hard not to do that and now we have to make sure we do what we do. We didn’t shoot the ball well, but give them credit. They challenged the shots.”

On Ohio State’s second-half performance
“I was pleased how we came back. We practiced twice on the 26th and once yesterday and we did well so it was disappointing to play the way we did today.”

J.J. Sullinger, Ohio State junior guard
On Ohio State’s offense vs. New Hampshire
“We’ve been trying to be aggressive all year. Coach is constantly telling us to make plays and drive the gaps. Doing that will lead to open shots and open threes. Today we just tried to take what the defense gave us and make plays.”

On Ohio State’s goals
“We need to get better. We need to improve on what we did poorly and what we did well. We just need to play the ‘Ohio State way for 40 minutes. We show brilliance at times, but other times we look like the ball is rolling around out there and we don’t know what to do.”

Terence Dials, Ohio State junior center
On his success
“I’ve been staying aggressive. My teammates have been doing a good job of getting the ball to me in the post. I’ve just been taking my time and making shots.”

On the team’s first half struggles
“We just weren’t playing the Ohio State way. Our defenisve intensity wasn’t where it needed to be. We weren’t doing a lot of the things that we have had success with. He (Coach Matta) got into us and a couple guys responded and we got on a little run.”

On New Hampshire’s defense
“We haven’t seen too much zone this season and this was the first team to play zone nearly the whole game. It’s something we have to keep working on in practice. But our struggles started on defense. We couldn’t get stops when we needed them.”

On goals heading into last game before Big Ten season
“We just need to get better. That’s the attitude we have to have every day. As individuals and as a team we need to continue to improve. We need to get some momentum going against Saint. Joseph’s to get ready for Illinois in Champaign, because that’s going to be a tough one.”

Phil Rowe, New Hampshire head coach
Opening statement
“It was a pleasure to come to Ohio State and compete against a team with a high level of tradition. We played hard and gave our best effort. Now we need to regroup and get ready for league play.”

On the team’s effort
“I thought we competed hard and gave a good effort, and now we need to get ourselves ready for the weekend. We had three or four possession at the end of the first half that really cost us. We had three bad decisions to begin the second half but we rebounded from that and improved to finish out the game.”

On containing Ohio State center Terence Dials
“When he got it, in the first half we did a good job of being observant. In the second half our second post guy didn’t do a good job of that and it cost us.”

On the play of the offense
“We moved the ball fairly well. We had some slippage and had some big-time players ripping the ball away from us. Our guys aren’t used to having guys rip the ball away from them like that. Ohio State took advantage of our turnovers.”