Matta, Buckeyes on Iowa win

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Men's Basketball
Two-Minute Drill: Matta, Buckeyes Discuss Iowa Win
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was a wild night in Columbus.

The Buckeyes built a 24-point lead in the second half and watched it come crashing all the way back down to just four in the final minutes.

Ultimately, Ohio State held on for a 72-63 win behind 16 points from Deshaun Thomas. Here’s a look at what OSU head coach Thad Matta and his players had to say after the game.

Thad Matta…

* Matta said the biggest thing in Iowa's comeback was the fact OSU started fouling them in the halfcourt.

* Matta said it was an odd game: "Crazy, crazy things were happening out there."

* Matta said they didn't have Shannon Scott on the court late in the game was because Iowa had 4 power forwards and a PG on the floor. Also because he wanted his best free throw shooters out there.

* Matta said his team is exhausted because he's been pushing them so hard.

* Matta: "We have our moments but I'll take consistency over greatness right now."

OSU Players…

* Evan Ravenel blamed turnovers and missed free throws for letting Iowa back into the game.

* Amir Williams said he was going after too many blocks, put him out of position to rebound the ball.

* Aaron Craft said the press sped them up and got them out of their rhythm. Said they kept switching defenses.

* Craft called six turnovers "unacceptable." Said you can't win too many basketball games that way.

* Craft: "The steal record is great but that's not going to win us basketball games. Having six turnovers is going to lose us games."

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