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Ohio vs. Detroit Postgame Quotes

Dec. 22, 2005

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Coaches and players address the media following Ohio's 56-55 victory over Detroit Thursday night in The Convo.


Ohio Head Coach Tim O'Shea:


On Detroit's Brandon Cotton

That was worth it just to see Cotton tonight.  He was a top-15 guy coming out of high school.  I think he was considered one of the top three point guards in the country, and boy, he looked like it tonight. He was unbelievable down the stretch. 


On the game

I thought it was a great college basketball game if you like defense and teams playing hard.  The way it played out down the stretch with Cotton putting on such a great individual performance.  I thought it was a very entertaining, hard nosed, well-played game...I'm just glad our team was able to grind out a win tonight.


I told the guys in the locker room that these are the types of games when you look back at the season kind of make your year.  We won a grind it out game at Rhode Island, and we won one at Marist. Now we have beaten Detroit.  Expectations are a little too high for Ohio now because of everything that happened to last year.  That's a heck of a win for our team tonight.  We have a young team that withstood a last second shot. 


On the last second shot

I thought we played good defense.  He got it off and got it to the rim, but I thought the defense was good.  If it went in, it was a hell of a shot and you go home a loser. 


Other than missing the free throws, I thought our composure was decent.  I thought the game turned when we were up by 11.  Crowd kind of got into it when Leon didn't get the call and the ball got knocked out of bounds.  We were slow getting to our spot, and they hit a three from the corner to bring it to eight.  The momentum shifted very quickly.  That's when Cotton got into the zone. 


On Chapman

I think Chapman is good under pressure too.  He can play a lot, but the minutes he gave us, he was a very good settling influence for us at the point guard position. 


On Ohio's Shooting

We are going to have better nights shooting the ball.  I thought in the first half, Mychal (Green) and Jeff (Halbert) had open looks.  We weren't putting a lot of points up on the board, but that's also Detroit's style. They like to keep it in the 50's, low 60's.  They are an outstanding defensive team. They remind me a lot of Bowling Green in that regard. 


Ohio senior Mychal Green:


On last play of the game

I was on the ball out of bounds and I was trying to make it difficult for them to get it in.  I just wanted to make them throw it to the backcourt so it would use a lot more time.  We did a good job of denying the ball and making them catch it deep.  And then it was just good one-on-one defense by Whit (Davis).


On Detroit's Brandon Cotton

He was just carrying his team.  He was a real threat to score off the dribble and he just made plays when he had to.


On the disappointing closeness of the game

We didn't really play real well.  We didn't shoot well and we didn't really rebound like we wanted to.  We just felt we didn't really play as well as we could have or should have.  Some people may be looking toward the break but a win is a win so we'll take it.


On upcoming game against Kentucky

We just want to go out and play our game.  After seven games, we have had one bad half I think, against Cincinnati.  We are just going to go out against Kentucky and play our game.  We're just going to have fun with it and keep it rolling.  It's a big game more for our fans than us.



Ohio sophomore Jeremy Fears:


On team's play

We got guys with heart.  We got a couple of seniors that are leaders.  Last year we had a decent team and had a good run but now we have a year more of experience.  None of us are scared and we all like the competition.  No matter who we play we try to bring it.


On the one-point game

I don't really think that matters.  One point, two points, 20 points, we won.  We know how good we can be.  Detroit is a good team, offensively and defensively.  We won and that's all that matters.


On the Bobcat offense picking up in the second half

The game is a game of runs.  You're going to have games that you struggle and nobody is going to play great offensively all the time.  You have to keep your composure and be players.  It's nothing to whine about.  You just have to keep at it and that's what basketball is all about.



Detroit Coach Perry Watson:

Opening statement

"I'm proud of the way my guys fought out there against a real good team.  We know how good they are in transition and I thought our guys really buckled down and gave us an opportunity to win the game."


On the difference in the game

"On the general side, I think we missed too many easy ones.  We need to cash those easy ones in.  We missed too many and I think on the flip side, they (Ohio) shot 15 free throws and we shot four.  We felt we deserved more opportunities to be at the line.  That was the difference.  It came down to the free throw line."


On game's final play

"They did a good job of switching.  (Sonny) Troutman switched out on to Brandon (Cotton) and made it difficult to get it in.  And on the second one we were forced into the backcourt.  We still had enough time but again Troutman did a good job of switching out."


On similarities between teams

"I think its two good teams that have good players and are well-coached.  If we are able to continue playing I think that is what the series would continue to be like.  Obviously Tim (O'Shea) does a good job with a lot of young players and we have our young players as well."


On transition game

"We do what we do.  We don't let teams run up and down the floor on us.  Obviously we want to get our opportunities too.  I thought we did a good job of containing them."


On Leon Williams inside

"Last year we had a tremendous battle between him and our big guy but our big guy is out for the year so we know we had to neutralize him the best we could.  We had a couple of tick-tack fouls so we had to sit both of our big guys so we had to play a freshman."