Two Minute Drill - Penn State Post-game
By Rob Ogden
Penn State's D.J. Newbill drained a game-winner with 1.9 seconds remaining in overtime and the Nittany Lions defeated Ohio State 71-70 for their first win in Columbus since 1998. After the loss, Ohio State's fifth in six games, coach Thad Matta and others spoke to the media. Here are the highlights.
Thad Matta Updates
* Matta said they made some key defensive mistakes down the stretch that cost them. He specifically pointed to the poor rebounding. "We didn't execute," he said.
* He said it was a winnable game, but gave the credit to Penn State. "My gosh did they make some incredible plays throughout the course of the game," he said.
* Matta said he did consider fouling the Nittany Lions when the Buckeyes were up by three points with the shot clock off at the end of regulation. But he said at home, he thought they could get the stop.
* He called Newbill's game-winner a "big-time shot."
Lenzelle Smith Jr. Updates
* Smith struggled to speak as he fought back frustration. He said this loss hurt more than any since he's been at Ohio State.
* Smith was as emotional as any Buckeye has been in an interview all season. "We've just got to get back to being a team, wanting to win," he said. "As a team, I don't think we care enough. These losses don't hurt enough. This is embarrassing. Every other team in our conference is laughing at us."
* Smith said they have a lot of issues right now, but said when they get everything together, he'll still take his team against anybody in the country.
* He said the biggest issues right now are a lack off toughness, character, camaraderie and leadership.
* Smith said after the Nebraska loss, they thought they were at rock bottom. But once they beat Illinois, they felt like winners again, and became complacent. "In this league if you don't come ready to play, you're gonna lose, as you've seen tonight," he said.
Aaron Craft Updates
* Craft repeatedly said they weren't the tougher team tonight. "That's all it comes down to," he said.
* He said Penn State hit shots and made plays when it needed to, and the Buckeyes didn't.
* Craft was guarding Newbill on the game-winner, and he said he takes responsibility for the make.
* He said he probably should have passed the ball to Smith on the last possession. Craft didn't get a shot off.
D.J. Newbill Updates
* On the game-winning shot, Newbill said he knew they were going to try to stop him from going right, so he cut back to the middle and put the shot up with confidence.
* Down 11 points with 8 minutes to play, Newbill said they never got down on themselves. "Keep chipping away, keep digging, attitude."
* On the tying shot at end of regulation and the game-winner, Newbill said they were both great plays drawn up on the sideline, and added that both shots felt comfortable coming off his hand.
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