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Jan. 28, 2012

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No. 9 Georgetown at Pitt, January 28, 2012, Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Pitt 72, No. 9 Georgetown 60

Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon

Opening Statement:

“I thought our guys were tremendous throughout the game.  The preparation was very good the last few days of practice.  I really like how we played basketball and I like how we played offense tonight.  We were unselfish and we really moved the ball against a really good defensive team and I just think that trademarks what we do.  With Tray (Woodall) out there, it just allows guys to do more and be in a more comfortable role.  The fans were great, once again.  They’ve been great all year long, and they continue to be with us.  I’m very proud of how our players played today.”

On the play of Lamar Patterson:

“He has played really well lately.  We’ve asked him to do a lot of things and maybe he has played a little too many minutes at some times, but I think he is filling into that role of understanding how valuable he is.  He is the perfect indication of someone getting better at what we need them to do.  He did the passing and rebounded when we needed and I thought he defended really well too.”

On defensive play:

“I felt we played our best in the first half, but they got some layups in the second half.  They are a very good team obviously.  We’re getting better and that is what you want to be doing at this point in the year.  We still have a long way to go and a lot of things we can get better at, which is encouraging at the same time.  We did what we wanted to do today.  We made them earn their post baskets and that’s what we wanted to do.”

On good offensive execution:

“I think we are a very good offensive team when we have everybody out there.  We got penetration from a number of guys, it was Lamar (Patterson), it was Tray (Woodall), it was against the zone and I just think we moved the ball well the last couple of games.”

On being 12-0 against top 10 teams in the Petersen Events Center:

“We’ve been pretty good.  I know it isn’t as good as last year, but we were pretty good today.  That’s the important thing.  It’s an indication of how good I think our teams have been.”

On the play of Nasir Robinson:

“A lot of good things came to him, it was layups, dump offs and penetration.  That’s how he needs to play and he has a knack for being in the right place at the right time.  He hurt them in zone defense, and he hurt them in man defense as well.  He did a great job from the free throw line and I thought he did great defensively as well.  You can’t say enough good things about the kid.  The guy has played through an injury this year and that’s just an indication of how tough he is.”

Quoting Pitt’s Tray Woodall:

On getting inside touches:

“We have a lot of good players. I think we just wanted to work the ball around and we just happened to find those guys. They did a great job making good decisions and that’s what we wanted to stay with.”

On being 12-0 all time versus top-10 teams at the Pete:

“We just try to get up and play these close games. We look at the ranking and we just want to go after them just like how any other team would go after us. We come out and play as hard as we can, give it all we got, and keep fighting.”

Quoting Pitt’s Lamar Patterson:

On the biggest difference with regards to the defense:

“We were aggressive. We didn’t let them push us around. We just held our ground and really wanted to focus on our defense. We haven’t been good on defense all year so we just wanted to show everyone that we could play defense. It’s something that the coaches have been drilling. We’ve been talking about it and everyone knew that it was something that had to get done.”

On being more aggressive in the second half:

“I had my opportunities. I just wanted to be aggressive and attack the rim. My jump shot wasn’t falling so I wanted to attack the rim, get layups and drive them in.

Quoting Pitt’s Nasir Robinson:

On confidence level following two straight wins:

“We feel real confident. We’ve been practicing hard these last couple days and we’re just trying to get to playing Pitt basketball. We’re going to keep fighting in practice and on the court and things should take care of themselves.”

On success in the inside game:

“On the other team, the big men are going to be smarter than me so I just used my quickness and finish plays. Tray, Lamar, and Ashton did a good job of finding me and I just finished the play.”

Quoting Pitt’s Ashton Gibbs:

On backcourt defensive success:

“I think we did a good job. He (Jason Clark) is a good all-around player. I wanted to close out hard on him and make him take good shots. I think that’s what we did and I think that was one of the keys to the game.”

On having Tray Woodall back:

“He is definitely a play maker for us and at the same time he’s a guy with experience. In pressure situations, we know what we’re getting out of him. We have a lot of confidence in him and now that he’s back, I think the best is yet to come for this team.”

On winning without success from the three point shot:

“It’s definitely encouraging  but at the same time we focus our game on defense .We know that the offense will come but if we stop the other team from scoring and make them take tough shots throughout the whole game, we know that the offense will take care of themselves. I think that’s why we won the game. Their top two players (Clark and Hollis Thompson) didn’t have the best game of their lives. So that’s what we have to do every game, make the best players take tough shots.”

Quoting Georgetown Coach John Thompson

On Pitt’s rebounding and defense:

“I don’t want to take anything away from them. But in both of those areas we were awful. On the defensive end they got everything they wanted. And when they didn’t they got the rebound.”

On Georgetown’s biggest weakness:

“I think that you can probably lump together everything. From the defensive end; what happened should not have happened. From lack of communication to lack of effort to breakdown. I don’t know what the points in the paint was…we knew what they were looking for but they just got up and got it.”

On poor opening drive:

“I need to go back and look. We had a few poor shots, but let’s give their defense the credit. Their defense was very good. We were getting the looks we wanted but they were not going into the basket. It was not just out half court defense, but our transition defense turned into easy shots for them.”

On overall performance:

“Everyone’s performance today, everyone on Georgetown basketball needs to get better.”

On continuing after a poor start:

“We’ve been down before to start the game and have to crawl way back into it, we crawled our way back into this one and got it back to six a couple times. They however were able to get baskets too easy when we had to get stops.”

On Nasir Robinson’s performance:

“I wouldn’t say he caught us off guard. Jason chased Gibbs around pretty effectively for most of the night. They put so much pressure on you to focus on him because he is such a good player and when he’s not scoring, he can help other people around. But they had other guys that stepped up.”

On Pitt being 12-0 against top 10 teams in the Petersen Events Center:

“Every away venue in this conference is difficult to play in. The basket is still 10 feet high. Their fans are terrific. They’re absolutely terrific. Good times, bad times, in session, out of session, rain, sleet, snow… There are a lot of venues and teams in our league where that is also applicable. I’m not sure what it is about this place, I don’t know.”

Quoting Jason Clark

On guarding Nasir Robinson

“He just rebounded. He’s one of those guys you can’t lose. He finds a way to score in the paint.”

On late-first half scoring drive by Pitt

“It happened plenty of times, more times than it should have. I don’t actually remember that play but it was probably a miscommunication effort on our part.”

On rebounding effort: 

“I’m very disappointed. We knew coming into this game that they are a very good rebounding team. Offensively we worked on it at practice with rebounding drills and box out drills but it didn’t carry over into today’s game.”

Quoting Henry Sims 

On defensive effort

“It was not good. Transition defense, half court defense, we could have communicated a lot better. There were a lot of things we could have done better. Overall just a bad defensive performance.”

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