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Northern Ilinois vs. Ohio Post-Game Quotes

Jan. 16, 2013

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Jim Christian, Head Coach
"We get energy a lot of different ways and today it was from the crowd. We had an incredible student section. It was an unbelievable spark for our team, and we had some great runs in the first half. We were able to get a win. We have the type of team where we play hard, make stops, turn people over. When we get stagnant or don't play with effort on the defense, we don't play as well. I tell them, `Feel great about the win, but we've got a team coming here Saturday that is a good basketball team. If we think that we can just turn it on, we can't.' I value every minute of the game. I treat the first the same as the last."

Walter Offutt, Senior, Guard
On protecting home court:
"It's a new season, MAC play, and step one is winning at home. Coach Christian always preaches that step one is winning at home. We have to defend on the court and rebound the ball. The coach preaches to do your job on the court, and everyone takes it to their head and wants to do it. If we rebound like we know we can, the sky's the limit."

Ricardo Johnson, Junior, Guard
On tonight's crowd:
"The crowd played a big part in the bench's energy. Our chemistry from practicing together helps. If we defend we get out a run, so we have to defend. It feels good to keep getting stops and runs, continuing to play defense. We just keep working."