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Ohio vs. Ball State Postgame Quotes

Jan. 8, 2006

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Ohio Head Coach Tim O'Shea


On Ohio's Strategy:

We just went to the zone.  They were getting too many mismatches in man to man... The Zone has been good to us for the past couple of years.  We kind of stick to what's working.


On Ohio's Comeback:

That's when things really turned around for them.  Jeff (Halbert) hit the three to go ahead and then Jeremy (Fears) hit the three to put us up 8.  Those were the two biggest shots of the game in my opinion.


On Johnnie Jackson:

He's really athletic, and I really appreciate the fact that he has hung in there. It's been disappointing to him not to have played more up to this point. He hasn't had that extended playing time.  But if he keeps playing like that his role is going to keep getting bigger and bigger.


On the difference in the game in the closing minutes:

I think we were fresh down the stretch for the last five or six minutes of the game, and that made all of the difference.  They had tired legs and we were fresh and then we were able to get our run and put the game away.



You have to give Ball State credit.  They played a heck of a game, especially in the first half.  They just didn't turn the ball over which a lot of teams do against us.  They got shots down every time.  They made shots.  They were well prepared and gave us all we could handle.



Sophomore Leon Williams


On the close game:

I think it says a lot about our team's character, it doesn't have to be a blowout, we are able to go down and play defense.


On outrunning other teams:

Coach tells us we're faster than this team.  I believe we're faster than a lot of teams.  At first, we were a little out of rhythm, but later on we settled down in the second half.


On second half play:

We didn't gamble as much in the second half, we played solid defense.



Junior Sonny Troutman


On second half play:

I think in the second half, we were contesting a lot more shots.  In the first half, they got a lot of more open shots.


On zone play:

We like playing a zone, we like playing a man, but lately the zone's been working for us.  We're going to stick to what is working right now.


On Ohio's bench:

I think we have a great bench, one of the best in the MAC.  The more we have time to develop our bench the more opportunities to be better.



Junior Jonnie Jackson


On being today's contributing factor and the O-Zone chanting his name:

Basically, you just have to be ready for every game.  The O-Zone, I just love so much.  You just want to go out there and explode.