Jan. 5, 2013
POST GAME QUOTESHEET
No. 24 Pitt at Rutgers, Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway, N.J., January 5, 2013
Rutgers 67, No. 24 Pitt 61
Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon
"I give Rutgers credit; they obviously got off to a great start. It looked like we were going to get off to a great start with the layup by Steve (Adams), but as the half progressed we dug a hole that we couldn't recover from. We responded in the second half and we played hard. We made some adjustments and that helped, but it's hard to come back from a fifteen point deficit. We had the opportunity to makes some layups, but when you're down it's tough."
On Pitt shooting a season-high 26 3-pointers:
"We shot too many perimeter jump shots to start the game. We tried to get Cameron (Wright) going and I don't know if that worked to our advantage."
On Pitt's defensive performance:
"We're just not getting it done and our defense is the thing that stands out. I thought that our offense led to our defensive short comings in the first half. Our rebounding is a hard thing to comprehend."
Quoting Rutgers Head Coach Mike Rice
"We still go through stretches where we're still getting in our own way, especially with the turnovers, but the body language, resolve and toughness, yeah, I said the word toughness, we had that. When it was time to execute and make a shot, we did that, whether it was Wally [Judge] down low or whether it was Mike Poole stepping up. To be able to change the defense and keep Pitt off balance, again, it's a great coach down there, a quality team, a tremendous team, but we did some different things as far as switching the defenses today that I thought helped us win. It was truly a team victory. Everybody kind of stepped up the last two days and they did their jobs."
On how the team played:
"I'm excited. I said I was very proud of this team, especially with the lack of response, because it was a difficult setting up at Syracuse. They played extremely well, but I don't think we responded. When we were punched, we blinked and backed up, and today we didn't. The guys were great in the huddle. They guys were communicating and protecting each other, and that's a step forward with this team."
On the first half:
"I certainly would like to bottle that first half. What it came down to was stops, rebounding the miss and finishing the possession. And now our players are good in transition. In the second half we just didn't get enough stops to get out in transition. We had a couple steals at the end to help us. That's how I want to play. I want to play aggressive man to man defense or a zone, and get out and run. When we get stops we can do that.
On what Eli Carter brings off the bench:
"He certainly brings a punch to us. In that 17, 16, 15 minute mark, guys are starting to get tired, the opposing team is starting to get a little winded, and then he comes in and does what he does."
On the play of Jerome Seagears:
"He needed a wakeup call. I thought in the Syracuse game, he may not have played with tremendous purpose, but he was an animal in the huddles. He was aggressive, he was a leader. He was our emotional leader at Syracuse. Some things happened that allowed him to start today, and he responded. I thought he was tremendous defensively, tremendous in the huddles, and it also gives Myles [Mack] a chance to get off the ball and run more plays for Myles."
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