Two Minute Drill - Bryant Postgame
By Rob Ogden
Ohio State defeated Bryant 86-48 Wednesday night behind 19 points from Lenzelle Smith Jr. After the game, coach Thad Matta and a few players met with the media. Here are the highlights.
Lenzelle Smith Jr Updates
* Smith said he worked a lot during the summer on becoming a more consistent scorer. He said now his confidence is "off the chart."
* Smith said he is able to get a lot of great looks because teams leave him unguarded to double-team his teammates.
* He said Saturday against Central Connecticut State, they relaxed defensively after building up a large lead in the first half. Smith said before Wednesday's game, Matta stressed the need to play a complete 40 minutes. "The way we want to play in Match, we have to start working on those things right now," he said.
* Smith said they are playing their best basketball when they are disruptive on defense and are forcing turnovers.
* He called Bryant guard Dyami Starks "a prolific scorer." The two played against each other in AAU. Starks finished with a team-leading 16 points.
* Smith said they were running isolation for Jake Lorbach to get him open looks. "He was rolling. His confidence was up, he was shooting the ball really well," he said.
Thad Matta Updates
* Matta said the need to sustain effort and intensity was one of the things they talked about during shoot around.
* He said Smith is playing at a "very, very high level and being a complete basketball player."
* When asked if Smith was under-appreciated, Matta said he preferred that Smith didn't get too much credit, because he plays better with a chip on his shoulder.
* Matta added that he was happy to see Lorbach get the ball to go in a few times.
Amir Williams Updates
* Williams, who had 12 points and 9 rebounds, said Matta told him to come out and be aggressive early on. He said he becomes more confidence with every basket he makes.
* Williams said the team came out with a lot of energy and fed off that energy for much of the game.
* He joked that he's worried about losing his starting spot to Lorbach, and added "he looked good in the post."
Bryant coach Tim O'Shea Updates
* O'Shea compared Wednesday night's game to a 2007 game against Kansas while he was the coach at Ohio. The Bobcats lost that game 88-51.
* He said they will compete in their league, but added that Ohio State will compete for national championships.
* O'Shea said Ohio State is among "the best of the best. There are a few teams that will legitimately compete for a national championship and Ohio State is one of them."
* He said Ohio State plays "national championship-caliber defense."
* When asked about playing off of Smith, O'Shea said "They're so talented. Who do you want to leave open?"
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