Jan. 13, 2016

Ohio State 94 (12-6, 4-1 B1G), Rutgers 68 (6-12, 0-5 B1G)
Jan. 13, 2015
Value City Arena—Columbus, OH
Attendance: 11,635


Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach
On his half-time speech
“There weren’t a lot of X’s and O’s at half-time it was more challenging guys to do a better job of what we needed to do, especially on the defensive end.”

On the Buckeye’s defense in the first half
“Defensively we were not active, not moving and not guarding. When a guy can drive from 30 feet in and shoot a lay-up, that tells me that we are not as dialed in as we need to be.”

JaQuan Lyle, Ohio State guard
On his consecutive strong second half performances
“I’m making shots and creating for my teammates. It comes from confidence from them. They believe I me every day in practice, going hard. With Keita, Marc Jae’sean and Trevor making plays the lane is just really opening up for me.”

On his 10 rebounds in the first half
“My teammates thought I was stealing them. But I think they were just boxing their men out and I saw the ball bouncing and was running and grabbing the ball. I think I was aggressive on the boards in the first half and they got with the program and got on the boards in the second.”

Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State forward
On Ohio State’s second half performance
“I think we just played harder. We got lower in our stances and tougher on our box outs, getting rebounds and fifty-fifty balls. We just played harder.”

On Ohio State’s early dunks in the second half
“I think it jump started us. We were getting so deep in the paint because we were at another level on the defensive end. We got a couple steals and turnovers and we got out in transition, which lead to early dunks and easy lay-ups.”

On Ohio State’s slow start
“I think our mindset was better but we didn’t come out at the level we wanted to. We did in the second half though, and I’m happy we got the win.”

Eddie Jordan, Rutgers University head coach
On Rutgers’ game strategy
“Our game plan was to attack the basket, play on the perimeter, move the ball, slash and obviously have some post up schemes.”

On the Ohio State team
“A team like that, once they taste a little blood and a little let down they get it after it. They did a good job early in the second half doing that.”

On how the Buckeye’s took control of the game
“We weren’t physical enough in the second half like we were in the first half and they smelt the timidness that we had and they rolled the wave.”

On JaQuan Lyle
“He was the straw that stirred the drink tonight.”