Jan. 31, 2016

No. 8 Maryland 66 (19-3, 8-2 B1G), Ohio State 61 (14-9, 6-4 B1G)
Jan. 31, 2016
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 16,592

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On the last six minutes of the game
“I think the majority of their points came from the free throw line down. They were really living at the line down the stretch. We had a ton of shots that were half way down, and they made those two big 3’s down the stretch. Their veteran players were just making veteran plays and won them the game.” 

 On losing such a close game

“We just really have to continue to talk about what we need to improve. Their six unanswered points to end the first half really put us behind. We really have to continue to think and be sharper in terms of what we’re doing on the court.” 


On how he handles this stretch of the season

“I’m not a big fan of moral victories, but we are learning a lot about ourselves down the stretch here. This team has grown up a lot from where we were in late November to where we are today. You have to continue to take some positives out of it, but at the same time we would obviously much rather win these games.”

Kam Williams, Ohio State guard
On how he was able to provide offensive spark off the bench 
“I was just connecting on open looks. I know whenever Jae’Sean [Tate] or Marc [Loving] drive I have to be ready for the quick kick-out, because that’s pretty much the easiest shot that I’m going to get. Just taking what the defense gives me, just seizing the opportunity.”

Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State forward

On playing Maryland this time out and the game as a whole 

“I think that this game we came out with more energy and more effort. We put it all on the line. During the game, we came up short with free throws. Also, credit to Maryland because they made some big time shots. I think that everyone on the team went out there and gave it their all. There were no hidden agendas but we just came up short.” 


On his offensive game 

“I was getting great looks. A couple of my shots were in and out. I don’t know what we ended up shooting on the game but it was just one of those games where we were just a little off. I had great looks at the basket and throughout the whole game but they just wouldn’t fall.” 


On the team’s offense  

“We just have to make sure that we’re on the same page. When we do get the stop, we can’t let up. It’s a two-sided game and even though we were playing good defense, we kind of slowed up the tempo on offense and that hurt us. We just need to try to get better in practice so when we do get the stop, we can execute on the other end.” 

Mark Turgeon, Maryland head coach
On the Terrapins’ win against the Buckeyes
“Any road win is a great win. It was a great win for us. It felt like we played these guys and we knew Ohio State was going to be ready. They came out hot and made a bunch of 3’s early, but then we settled in. I felt that [Michal] Cekovsky and Damonte [Dodd] helped us settle in our defense. I thought defensively the rest of the way we were pretty good. Give Ohio State a lot of credit. We struggled offensively. They did a nice job defensively and it kept the game close.”

On what the difference maker was to get the win
“Down the stretch again when our game was on the line our guys really stepped up. We executed some sets and made some shots, and we got to the foul line and made shots. I think we had one turnover there late trying to use the clock, but besides that we were really good the last four minutes of the game.”