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Ohio vs. Valparaiso Post-Game Quotes

Ndour posted his second 20-point effort of the 2013-14 season Sunday.

Nov. 17, 2013

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Ohio 76, Valparaiso 72
Ohio University Postgame Quotes
Athens, Ohio | Convocation Center

Head Coach Jim Christian

On the team’s defensive effort against Valpo
“Defensively in the first half that is probably the best we’ve played all year. Our rotations were phenomenal and we played hard."

On the significance of the win
“They [Ohio players] know Northern Iowa, Ohio State, and today Valparaiso are all good basketball teams. They now understand the importance of each possession. They have to be in these types of games where if you take a three-minute stretch off, a 15-point lead can shrink real quick.”

On the team’s consistency
“Everybody on our team who has stepped on the floor this year has played hard for us. Our depth is the strength of our team. We are going to have to keep developing guys and getting guys better. Every game is different and we are trying to find consistency. The work ethic and things the team has been built upon is stepping up.”

Junior Forward Maurice Ndour
On his hot start in the first half
“I was able to find my spots and get some open shots. I took the shots when I found myself in good position.”

On learning from the Ohio State game
“The main lesson I learned is to take no plays off. That is what I learned from Ohio State. Even if you are not scoring you have to keep playing hard every single possession.”

Senior Guard/Forward T.J. Hall
On his performance today
“It feels good to finally see the ball go through the net. I was able to make some hustle plays to help my team win.”

On well big down the stretch
“Myself, [Nick] Kellogg, and Ricardo [Johnson] have played in big games before. When we got down by one, we didn’t feel any pressure. We just said get a stop and we’d be okay.”

On playing against the zone defense
“We have been playing against zone in practice. Going against it everyday has allowed us to be more comfortable. We hit the guy in the middle and made the big guy come up and rotate. That opened up a lot of shooters for us.”