Two Minute Drill - Wyoming Post-game
By Rob Ogden
Thad Matta Updates
* Matta said that Wyoming is a "very, very, very good basketball team." He said they knew the Cowboys would give them some problems.
* He said that late in the second half, his team was as good defensively as it has been all year. Wyoming made just one field goal in the final 10 minutes.
* Matta said that Aaron Craft took over the game in the second half.
* After saying Sunday that he didn't think his team improved against American, Matta said he did think they got better Monday night. He said he is encouraged by his team's ability to make plays when they needed to in the second half.
* Matta said that he's glad that Amir Williams is becoming more than just a good practice player. Matta said he used to say to Williams, "I don't get it. You play like crazy in practice and you don't play in the game." He added that Williams might be the first such player he's ever coached.
* Matta said he hasn't been rethinking the starting lineup despite Sam Thompson's solid play this season.
* He said they'll take tomorrow off, and added that it will be a much-needed day off for a very banged-up team.
* Matta said that LaQuinton Ross will need to start making shots before his minutes can be increased. He added that they have to find a way to get Ross to the level they need him to be if they're going to be the basketball team he envisioned.
* Matta said he was pleased with the way his team responded after being down in the second half. "It was do or die," he said. "We made some high-level plays."
Amir Williams Updates
* When Williams was asked if Monday night's game was the best of his career, he replied, "If you say so." The soft-spoken Williams said he was "just trying to rebound the ball."
* Williams said Matta told him coming into the game that he would have a lot of rebounding opportunities because Wyoming isn't a great rebounding team.
Aaron Craft Updates
* Craft said they weren't flustered when Wyoming went on its run in the second half. He said they knew it was their turn, and added that their defense is what spurred their own run.
* He said he was fine with not attempting a shot in the first half, and added that he's not going to force something when his teammates are knocking down shots.
* When asked about some of the early-season struggles, Craft reminded everyone that it's only November, and said there's no reason to panic.
* Craft said LaQuinton Ross is a competitor, and isn't down because of his struggles. He added that it's a good sign that they have been able to win without him playing at his best.
* Craft once again stressed that their offense is a tough one to guard when guys are making shots, because defenses can't key on a single player.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. Updates
* Smith said his 20 points were a product of the good looks he was getting.
* He said that Sam Thompson brings a certain energy when he steps on the floor. "Sam's energy is what allows him to play the great defense that he plays," he said. "It fires us up and gives us an extra edge on defense."
Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt
* Shyatt, a Wooster grad, said it was great to be back in Ohio and added that he's a big fan of Thad Matta.
* He said Smith's 3-pointers and the blocked shots were the difference in the game.
* Shyatt said they needed to make more shots to stay in a game with a team as good as Ohio State.
* He said poor shot selection on Wyoming's part is what led to Ohio State's big second-half run.
* When asked if Monday night's loss was a moral victory, Shyatt said he doesn't believe in such victories.
* He said they played a zone hoping Ohio State would miss open looks from 3-point range, as it had in its previous few games.
Larry Nance Jr. Updates
* Nance, the son of former Cleveland Cavalier Larry Nance, said it was great to be back in Ohio and was like a "dream come true" to play on that court.
* He said he was really proud of the way his team fought.
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