Ohio State coach Christ Holtmann was understandably pleased after the Buckeyes’ 79-62 win over Michigan State on Sunday.

Sophomore forward E.J. Liddell continued his hot streak, scoring 20 points for the fourth time in his last five games. Overall, OSU shot 45.5 percent from the field and narrowly won the rebounding battle (39-38).

One thing that jumps off the box score from this game: free throws. The two teams combined to shoot 60 free throws in this contest, making 23 apiece.

Holtmann was careful not to criticize the officials after the game, but did say OSU games have been called “tighter” recently.

“I don’t know to explain this, both crews the last two games have been really good crews but the game has been called differently,” he told reporters after the game. “It’s been called tighter.”

Aside from Liddell, Ohio State was led by guard Justice Sueing. He scored 17 points on an efficient seven shots and made 9-of-10 free throws. Holtmann complimented his growth after the game.

“He’s getting tougher,” Holtmann said of the Cal transfer. “He certainly didn’t come in with that reputation, but he’s a physical, talented kid.”

Duane Washington Jr. didn’t have as good of a day as some of his teammates — eight points on 10 shots — but Holtmann still preached confidence in him.

“Duane is obviously going through a spell of inefficiency, but everybody understands how good a shooter he is and how he can take over a game,” he said.

Here are some other comments from Holtmann after the game: