Dec. 11, 2013

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No. 3 Ohio State (9-0) 86, Bryant (6-5) 48
BlackRock Gotham Classic
Dec. 11, 2013
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 12,723

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On Ohio State’s dominant performance
“One of the main points we talked about after the Central Connecticut game was to make sure we continue to sustain energy throughout the duration of the entire game. We did a great job keeping the momentum up the entire night.”

On the growth of Lenzelle Smith Jr. from last season
“I think Lenzelle is playing at a very high level. He is a complete basketball player. His defense goes unnoticed except by me. His assist-to-turnover rate is a lot better and he is having a great senior season.”

On Jake Lorbach scoring a career-high six points
“We are all happy for Jake’s performance tonight. He has been in our program for a year and a half and everyday he works. It is exciting to see the growth he has made.”

Amir Williams, junior center
On his performance early in the game
“Coach Matta told me to come out and be aggressive early on, so that’s what I tried to do. I came out aggressive and with a lot of energy. I tried to help the team get going and we just took off from there.”

Lenzelle Smith Jr., senior guard
On the difference in his game this year
“As a senior, I put a lot of work into my game over the summer and my confidence is off the charts. My teammates are able to find me wide open and I am getting great looks at the basket.”

On the Buckeyes’ improvement since the beginning of the season
“We are making great finds and reading each other. Our offensive shooting has increased over these past three games and we are just going to keep rolling.”

Tim O’Shea, Bryant head coach
On the potential of the Buckeyes
“We are a good team and will contend in our league for a championship. [Ohio State] will contend for a national championship. Athletically, they’re an extraordinary bunch. When you have a point guard like Craft, experience, and a great interior defense with length and size to really guard the rim, you have a formula that will allow them to be right there in March.”

On Ohio State’s defensive strength
“Very few teams have scored more than 60 points on them and they’re very fast. They play national-championship caliber defense. They’ve got the length; they’ve got the shot blocking; they’ve got the quickness.”