Dec. 3, 2016

Ohio State 70 (7-1, 0-0 B1G), Fairleigh Dickinson 62 (2-5, 0-0 Northeast)
December 3, 2016
Value City Arena—Columbus, Ohio

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach

On what the team did not do well this game

“Initially, defensively we were good. We brought the shot clock in. And they hadn’t played like that in terms of bringing the shot clock down. We win finished possessions; we gave up too many easy things with seven seconds or under on the shot clock. We didn’t rotate back some of the shots that they missed that were wide open. And that is just a sign that we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be.”

On the matchup in the paint with Trevor Thompson

“I thought Trevor did a pretty nice job. We just need to make sure that he stays engaged in everything that he’s doing. Some of the passes and his turnovers were just lackadaisical plays. I thought he really rebounded the ball, he went and got the basketball, the ball-screen defense was pretty good, he got beat once or twice on the turn of the corner, but we intend to bring him along in terms of that. I thought he had a decently effective game today.”


Trevor Thompson, junior center

On the game

“We didn’t play how we wanted to starting off. The flow of our game was really slow and sloppy. We had a lot of unforced turnovers. We just have to come out and play better next time.”

On the message in the locker room postgame

“We can’t revert back. We need to continue to strive and to build up our game. Today was another opportunity for us to learn and build off of it.”

Kam Williams, junior guard

On the game

“We just have to get better. We didn’t execute to the best of our ability. Personally, I feel like this team is at its best when we’re about to play a game and we play like our hair is on fire. I feel like when we play these type of games we don’t have that same since of urgency. We only do that when we’re playing against teams that we think we can’t compete with and that we can’t play at the level of competition that’s against us.”

On how the team can improve

“We just need to stick with our system. We need to work on it every day. We’ve proven that when we deviate from our system and who we really are, we aren’t as good. When we’re locked in, I feel like we’re clicking on all cylinders.”

Greg Herenda, Fairleigh Dickinson head coach

On team’s performance today

“Our kids fought, continued to play our game, and stick to the script. We were in a tough spot because we just came off of a difficult loss… coming in here today we had to be very specific about what we had to do.”

On what team’s game plan

“We just knew we had to stay in front of them and fight. To hold them to 33 points in the first half, that was our first ingredient to success. We also had to just stay in our offense.”