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Jan. 28, 2010

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St. John’s at Pitt, January 28, 2010, Petersen Events Center


Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon


Opening Statement:


“It’s good to get a win against a good St. John’s team. They had a great preseason and all of their losses in the conference were to teams ranked in the top-20. That’s the Big East. Every game is going to be tough. There isn’t anything like it.  I thought we won tonight because of our defense. Heading into February, we need to be showing improvement and I’m glad to see we did it defensively tonight. We’re going to get ready for South Florida tomorrow and we have to be a better team. It’s something that needs to be done, it’s not given.”


On the play of Travon Woodall and Chase Adams:


“Chase and Travon came in tonight and played really well for us, especially Travon. He’s a key for us and we’ve been saying that we need to get him more playing time. He continues to improve and play great defense. He doesn’t need to put up big numbers, but he needs to continue to give quality minutes and tough defense.”


On Pitt’s offense:


“We won tonight with our defense. I felt that we had a lot of great offensive sets and we executed them well, we just didn’t pull off good shots. It shows with our bad percentage of 40. In the first half, we were getting some open shots and they didn’t fall. However, in the second half, we made some adjustments and we were able to make better shots.”


On Gilbert Brown:


“He did a great job of getting our other guys shots and driving to the basket. He picked up some fouls off the dribble and was able to score on free throws. It’s a good way to have offense. We’re getting the ball in the right hands so we make the free throws. It’s strength.”


Quoting Pitt’s Brad Wanamaker


On Pitt’s play in the game:


“We were much more intense, we were all on the same page, and we talked more. We still weren’t at our best on offense tonight. I think we got away from game but we were able to get the win tonight and hopefully we can carry that over into our game against South Florida.”


On the play where he drove to the basket and dunked in the second half:


“I just saw an open lane and I took advantage of it and got a dunk. It felt like the momentum changed for us. I made a statement with that dunk saying that we wanted to win.”


On Pitt’s play in the paint:


“During one of our timeouts, the coaches stressed to us about penetrating in the paint more and passing the ball. We came out and it was more productive for us. We drove to the basket and we were able to draw fouls and make free throws.”


Quoting Pitt’s Gary McGhee


On his jump-hook shot:


“I’ve been coming in before practice and have been working on it. I take pride in that shot.”


On being outrebounded:


“They were getting a lot of long rebounds off three-point shots and second and third chances. We weren’t making as many of the hustle plays we need to in order to rebound the ball. But, I think that a lot of those rebounds weren’t falling our way.”


Quoting St. John’s Head Coach Norm Roberts


Opening Statement:


“I thought this was a good basketball game. Give Pitt credit, they made some huge shots. I thought that we defended them very well. Ashton Gibbs made a huge shot, and Brad Wanamaker made a lot of big plays. It was a good game and you have to give them a lot of credit for getting this win.”


On St. John’s being in control at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half:


“The game was definitely in our favor at the end of the first half, going into the second. Then, they just made plays. We missed shots. In the Big East, everybody’s coming back after a loss, especially on their homecourt. We had a couple of turnovers, many that were unforced. We were trying to make a play, and we had a guy step the wrong way. Pitt is a very good defensive team. They made a lot of shots in the second half that they weren’t making in the first.”


On calling a timeout when Pitt began making a run at the end of the game:


“After Brad Wanamaker’s dunk, I was sensing that we needed to get a good shot. For the most part we were getting good shots, they just weren’t going down. Wanamaker was making great shots for them. On their last seven or eight possessions, they would score in the final seconds of the shot clock. We were guarding well, they were just making shots.”


On why they weren’t hitting shots:


“We were getting the ball in the right guy’s hands. We wanted to drive the lane. Give Pitt credit, they were guarding well. We were getting some open looks, but they didn’t go down. We probably have to get even better looks.”


On the play of D.J. Kennedy:


“He’s a tough kid. He wants to win very badly. I thought he played hard. His shots just weren’t going down tonight. He affects the game in other ways. He had eight rebounds. I don’t think he was pressing. They did a good job of guarding him.”


On what Pitt did in the second half:


“They spread it out more. They went away from their sets and isolated on the block. They took some hard shots and made them.”


On Pitt being outrebounded for only the second time all year:


“We have been struggling with rebounding. I thought today we did a good job. We attacked the glass. We can do that when Anthony Mason Jr. is playing at the four. I thought we really made an effort to get on the glass.”


On Pitt’s defense this year compared to their defenses of the past:


“Their defense is pretty much the same. Last year with Sam Young and DeJuan Blair they were able to trap. Those guys were quick. This year’s team doesn’t move their feet quite as fast, but they still do a good job.”

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