COLUMBUS, Ohio — Moments after Ohio State’s 70-62 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson, Buckeyes coach Thad Matta met with the media to discuss his team’s bounce-back win.
While Matta was pleased to get a winning taste back in his mouth following OSU’s 63-61 loss at No. 6 Virginia on Wednesday, he wasn’t completely satisfied with the Buckeyes’ effort vs. the Knights. You can watch Matta’s full comments in the video above.
Despite a sluggish first half that saw Ohio State lead for less than five total minutes, the Buckeyes managed to walk away with a relatively convincing victory. Ohio State opened the second half on an 18-2 run to push its lead to 17 points. Despite trailing by double-digits for the majority of the second half, Fairleigh Dickinson managed to trim the Buckeyes’ lead to just six in the final minute of play. Ohio State guard JaQuan Lyle then sealed the game with a pair of free throws.
Senior forward Marc Loving led the Buckeyes with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting while guard Kam Williams added 17 points. Two Ohio State players tallied double-doubles against Fairleigh Dickinson. Jae’Sean Tate totaled 12 points and 12 rebounds and reserve center Trevor Thompson had 10 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.
The Buckeyes, however, struggled when it came to taking care of the ball, committing 14 turnovers, nine coming in the first half. After tallying eight turnovers in OSU’s loss to the Cavaliers, Lyle coughed the ball up five times against the Knights.
The Buckeyes will return to action Tuesday, when they’ll host Florida Atlantic in a 7 p.m. (ET) tip in a game that will stream on ESPN3. A week from Saturday, Ohio State will host Connecticut in a 6 p.m. (ET) tip. The Huskies currently lay claim to a 3-4 record this season.
The Buckeyes are also just two weeks away from a tipoff in Las Vegas against UCLA. The No. 11 Bruins beat the nation’s top-ranked team, Kentucky, on Saturday.