Nov. 17, 2016

Ohio State 72 (3-0, 0-0 B1G), Providence 67 (1-1, 0-0 Big East)
Nov. 17, 2016
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 11,089

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On how domination of the paint impacted game
“I thought we did a good job finishing, because we’ve had a little bit of a problem in that area. Our guys did a good job of putting the ball where we wanted it. Those were the baskets we were hoping we could get.”

On reaction to Jae’Sean Tate saying they wouldn’t have won this game last year
“I don’t know. I thought they have more of a connectedness out there, just with the huddles and guys communicating. Providence is a good second-half basketball team, and 10 points at the half is probably not a good enough lead, as Providence is going to make a run. They’re a heck of a basketball team. I thought we did a pretty good job of weathering the storm. I thought we fought harder than we would have last year to protect our lead”

JaQuan Lyle, Ohio State guard
On playing more aggressively tonight
“This week in practice all of my teammates and coaches helped me get my confidence up. They were teaching me to never be satisfied and just keep working.”

On tonight’s win playing a role in progressing this season
“We were up by 12 points at one point. But when they went on a run, this team last year probably would have folded and end up losing the game. It just shows our maturity and how much we have grown up. We will continue to build off this game.”

Trevor Thompson, Ohio State center
On keeping the momentum of a 3-0 record for the rest of the year
“Its good to have that kind of start to our season. We know it’s a long season. We will continue to watch film and get better. We just want to have the mindset of keep working and not to just be satisfied.”

Ed Cooley, Providence head coach
On Ohio State
“I like their team. They create mismatches all over the place with their size and that really hurt us on the backboards. I was proud of our team’s fight against those guys though. They got out to a couple big leads and we fought back a couple times. I am really proud of our group.”

On Providence attempting 26 3-pointers
“I don’t know what our identity is right now. We have so many new faces now and we are learning to play together right now. I think 26 (3-pointers) is too many for our personnel. I think we’ll shoot around 20 a game. We have some good shooters but 26 is a little too much.”