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Feb. 6, 2010

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Seton Hall at No. 21 Pitt, February 6, 2010, Petersen Events Center

No. 21 Pitt 83, Seton Hall 58


Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon


Opening Statement:


“It was really good to have two days of practice and play like we did today. It was good to have Jermaine back at practice as well. We emphasized a lot of things at practice that we saw in tonight’s game. Seton Hall is a very good team. Their only losses have been to very good teams. We had to get Thursday’s game out of our system. We moved the ball a lot. We did a better job at it today. We played a lot smoother. That was the key and really got us going.  We lost to good teams on the road, but we’re a team that is trying to get better. We had some great performances. We cut down on the turnovers and had some good defense.”


On Seton Hall:


“They are a very good team, and their only losses are to quality teams.”


On tonight’s attendance:


“There were almost 7,000 people. The students were tremendous. The fans were great. That really says a lot. We needed them today and they responded.”


On Robert Morris:


“They play tonight against Saint Francis (Pa.). We’ll get the film. They are an experienced team. They have a bunch of seniors and guys we’re familiar with. It’s an important game for both teams.”


Quoting Pitt’s Jermaine Dixon


On his play:


“It’s good to go after the hustle plays and we need more of it. They give off great energy and it gets everyone involved including the crowd.”


On defending Jeremy Hazell:


“I’m always confident in my defense, but defending a player like Jeremy Hazell and holding him to two points gives me a boost. He’s one of leading scorers in the conference for a reason, he hustles and he can launch the ball from anywhere. I just need to play physical on him,”


On Pitt’s next game against Robert Morris:


“They’re a great team and they’re coming off an NCAA tournament berth. Being in Pittsburgh, they’re going to come in here and play hard. It’s a quick turnaround, but we’ll watch film and be ready for Monday.”


Quoting Pitt’s Gilbert Brown


On Pitt’s offense:


“Coach Dixon emphasized in practice that we move the ball more and get shots for other players. In our past two games, we didn’t rack up a lot of assists and we weren’t shooting the ball very well. We were rather stagnant in our offense because of it. Even in games we were winning, we still could have passed the ball more and looked for that extra pass.  We just got away from our game a bit and tonight we did what we needed to in order to improve our offense. We weren’t taking shots early in the shot clock, we were letting it go down and then we made those key shots, as well as we made those shots for other players. This is the type of game we needed in order to get back on track.”


On his game tonight:


“Last game, I didn’t contribute at all. Tonight, I wanted to go out there and be more aggressive and I was able to be productive in different ways. I was scoring, right from the time I made my first shot, I was passing and I was playing defense.”


On the crowd:


“Considering the weather conditions, the crowd was great. I thought they were even louder than they normally were. It felt like most of the students made it out to cheer us on. I was surprised of how many people actually were here. It just shows that the city has tremendous Pitt pride.”


Quoting Pitt’s Gary McGhee


On his play:


“I felt good. The last couple of games I wasn’t grabbing the offensive rebounds and I was more useful on inside in order to get a better shot.”


Quoting Seton Hall’s Head Coach Bobby Gonzalez


Opening Statement:

“When it rains, it pours. When it snows, it snows. It was tough trip from the beginning. We got Pitt’s A-game. They probably played as good as I’ve seen them play all season. This is a tough place to play, even on a day like today. A lot of things went wrong for us. Games take on personalities.  Their defense had a lot to do with it.”


On Brad Wanamaker’s made 3 pointer at the end of the shot clock:

“That shot gave them a lot of momentum.  It was a huge turning point. They hit three threes in the stretch. We weren’t in sync offensively. We had three guys in double figures, and they weren’t guys that normally are. I’ve been preaching more balance. It was a physical game.”

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