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Ohio vs. Central Michigan - Post-Game Quotes

Jan. 29, 2014

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Jan. 29, 2014
Ohio 71, Central Michigan 67
Post-Game Quotes

Senior forward Jon Smith
On the comeback
"It comes from believing in the system and believing in ourselves. Last year, we didn’t know how to finish, and this year, we’re starting to grasp how to do that a little bit better. We’re still working on how to put two halves together."

On the first halves of the last two games
"We’ve got to [go back] to the drawing board and keep doing the things we need to do. We need to get more shots off. If you look at it, it’s really because of our turnovers. When we turn the ball over, things don’t go our way. It’s also because we need to get to the backboard offensively. We need to create more shots, and I think we’re starting to do that a little bit.

On tonight’s win
"Honestly, when that game’s over, it’s over. We appreciate just being able to play. We have a lot of confidence in what we can do. We’ve got a winning program, and we understand how to win. So, we never put our heads down. We keep our heads up and keep playing.

Junior forward Maurice Ndour
On if he had any doubts about tonight's outcome
"No, not at all. Coming into the second half, I told my teammates we’ve just got to stay together. I wasn’t surprised at all."

On handling CMU’s Fowler
"It was just us believing in the system. That game plan is what we’ve been doing for like three days: reading the screen and making sure he can’t jump or ball fake. I just had to break routine when I’ve not been used to that situation. I think we did a great job with it."

Head Coach Jim Christian
On the team’s hustle
"The obvious things are that we can’t give up nine offensive rebounds in a half, and we can’t have nine turnovers in a half. They know. We’ve just got to keep correcting it. It’s like my kids at my house. I’ve got to love my kids when they’re bad. I’ve got to love these guys when they don’t play well. It happens.

"But one thing about this team is that if you let them back in the game, they’re going to win the game. That’s all I can ask for. I’m not happy watching us continue to make mistakes that we know we’ve got to correct, but I am happy that our team has shown a lot of heart. When they get an opportunity to win the game, they’re going to win the game. And that’s all you can ask for."

On T.J. Hall’s performance
"I told him, 'Just try to make the game a little easier for yourself.' T.J., or anyone who just wants to be a 3-point shooter or live and die with the three-point shots, your percentages aren’t going to be very good. T.J.’s capable of a lot of things. So, when he goes to the basket, he’s effective. He went to the basket a few times. He had a huge offensive rebound, and he kicked it out for a three to Travis [Wilkins]. That’s a big play. He and Travis, in order to pick up for Ric[ardo Johnson], they’re going to have to do more than just score and play good defense. They’re going to have to impact the game. Without question, he was one of the guys who impacted the game."

On Nick Kellogg’s performance:
"He shot 13 times, and I want him to be aggressive. He needs to shoot the ball for our team. He just had a tough night. He missed a lot of baskets around the rim. He’s been really good at finishing those plays, and we want the ball in his hands in those situations. I thought he attacked the basket very well tonight. He didn’t settle, and he just didn’t finish the plays. But he was aggressive tonight, and I’m more concerned with that."

On having back-to-back comebacks 
"I’m never going to apologize for winning, but we know we need to get better. We have a lot of respect for the teams we play. Any time you get a win, you’ve got to feel good about the win. We’re going to go pick the film apart and get with guys individually. We didn’t handle pressure very well tonight. Some of the offensive keys for tonight were: each pass, each catch, each decision. Those three things are huge because they keep coming at you pressure-wise, and we didn’t do a good job handling those. We need to take care of those things so we can be productive and get more shots at the basket. That’s the key for our team."