Jan. 24, 2006
Final Stats |
Ohio Head Coach Tim O'Shea
We've got to get better at the free throw line. I think it cost us a real chance to win the Northern Illinois game. It's fortunate tonight that it didn't cost us the ball game.
On the youthfulness of the team:
We can harness some of that youthful exuberance and get a little more fundamentally sound. Then we can continue to play the defense we are playing.
On Johnnie Jackson:
I really believed in the kid. He was really slow out of the gate, and now he seems to be fine in his stride."
On the team:
I don't think the idea of losing ever enters their mind. They're always thinking about how to win the game.
They seem to find a way to win these close games.
On Jeremy Fears:
He's only a sophomore, and he's got to stay hungry. If he stays hungry he will be really good... Tonight he played as hard as I've ever seen him play defensively.
On the bench:
Our bench has been tremendous. It really has been the backbone and strength of this team so far.
Ohio sophomore Jeremy Fears
On the end of the game:
Basketball is a game of runs...We know down the stretch we were going to have to make some big shots.
On why he didn't start:
I was hurt, I didn't know if I was going to play.
On the Ozone:
The Ozone helped us through the night, we feed of that.
Ohio sophomore Leon Williams:
On last years game vs. this years:
I think we're more experienced and now we know what to do...I wasn't worried.
We used it (last year) as motivation.
Ohio freshman Jerome Tillman:
On game energy:
I live for big games.
I'm always the one in the huddle saying, `let's go, let's go, let's go.'
I'm the energetic one.
Akron Head Coach Keith Dambrot
Well that was probably the most intense I've seen them play against us.
On the game atmosphere:
We couldn't call any plays because it was so damn loud in there.
On Ohio's players off the bench:
Whitney Davis is the toughest kid they got to me and Jackson had his best game of the year.
Akron's play during the game:
We didn't get the ball to Rome (Travis) enough.
On last year's game:
They were heartless in that game last year, not this year.