January 25, 2018

Postgame Quotes: Penn State 82, No. 13 Ohio State 79


Jan. 25, 2018

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Penn State 82 (14-8, 4-5 B1G), No. 13 Ohio State 79 (18-5, 9-1 B1G)
Jan. 25, 2018
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 13,464

Chris Holtmann, Ohio State head coach
On the team’s defensive performance
“You look at them, and they’re really talented. I think Carr is clearly a pro. He will be a first round draft pick here at some point. He was 10-for-14 and four-for-five tonight. Their guys just played well. We have got to figure out a way to put our guys in better position defensively, and then we have to come out with more presence than what we did. They were the more physical team the entire night. One of the most physical games I’ve coached in and we have to do a better job of responding.”

On having a break before the next few tough games
“Win or lose tonight, we were going to need to learn a lot from this game because of how physical they were. Again, I thought they were more physical than we were, and they just made more effort plays for certain segments of the game. So, we were going to need to learn from this game one way or another. I think our guys, because of this stretch, it’s mandated they get two days off, and they need that physically and mentally. This is not unlike what we thought could happen at some point, we will see how we respond. Indiana is really good, playing as well as anyone in the league, so we need to be better and hopefully we will.”

Pat Chambers, Penn State Basketball Head Coach
On the play of Keita Bates-Diop
“He has played great against us every year. He has been fantastic and when he went down last year, I knew it was going to be rough for Ohio State. The shots that he made tonight were unbelievable and untested. He is a big-time player.”

On Penn State’s proficiency from 3-point range

“We came in loose with confidence, and three days of practice. We made shots, there’s no doubt about that. Everything looks great when you’re able to make shots and that’s what we did tonight.”

Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State junior forward
On Bates-Diop’s decision to play
“When I got here I knew I was going to play. I was pretty hydrated before the game so I felt pretty good.”

On Penn State’s strong offensive performance
“They are good players and a good team. They hit some tough shots obviously. We probably should have brought a little more help for each other in the gaps, but I give credit to them they hit some tough shots down the stretch.”

On Ohio State’s offensive play calling down the stretch
“Coach drew up plays with multiple options, and coming down the stretch I was an option on all of them. I was just trying to make the right play. Jae’Sean got a layup down the stretch too, so it wasn’t all me.”

On Coach Holtmann’s postgame message
“He just made sure that everybody knows that this is just one game so it won’t define us for the rest of the season. We’ve got eight more games left in the Big Ten. We’re going to learn from this one obviously, and do what we can to make sure we don’t lose anymore.”

Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State senior forward
On the slow start to the game
“We’ve gotten away with coming out a little sluggish, and tonight we couldn’t get back into it. We’ve got to be more assertive when we start off the game. We didn’t lose on that last shot. They played a great game. We have just got to work on coming out with the same edge that we played with late in the second half.”

On the Penn State team coming off several days rest
“I mean they definitely had energy from the start. I think they got one of their starters back just today, so I think that give them a lot of juice. They shot 60 percent in the second half, 56 (percent) in the first, it’s going to be hard to beat a team shooting from that cliff.”

On Carr’s buzzer beating shot
“I think two of our guys contested the shot and he ended up double-pumping and throwing it up. It was a crazy shot. Hat off to him he played a great game, he was very hard to stop tonight.”