Feb. 24, 2013
POST GAME QUOTESHEET
No. 20 Pitt at St. John’s, February 24, 2013, Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
No. 20 Pitt 63, St. John’s 47
Quoting Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon
"We did a good job. Our big guys were going out on the perimeter more than they ever do. We did a pretty good job at switching our match-ups and I thought that was effective for us. We made good adjustments in the second half. We did a great job defending, thought our offense did a good job against the zone. We took great shots and we executed well and we had them on the rebounds until the last play; and that was the emphasis this week."
On the win following a tough week practice:
"We focus on losses a little more than wins; those are the ones people seem to remember. We responded and we came out and we beat a really good team by 16. I think that says a lot of good things about our guys. I thought we took care of the ball and we defended well, we have to do a better job rebounding and get ready for the next one."
On the play of Tray Woodall:
"He was terrific in every way. I think every shot he took was a great shot; he handled the ball well and he played good defense. His shot selection was really good either off the dribble or the catch. He moved the ball well early and all day and that was a big emphasis and we have been working. That was good to see.
On playing at Madison Square Garden:
"We love playing here and do not look at this being our last game playing here. We are always signed up for tournaments and it is a battle with schedule. We are in a position to come back and play at the Garden for obvious reasons. We love playing here – what are we? 30-15 over the last couple of years"
Quoting Pitt’s Tray Woodall
On playing at Madison Square Garden:
“It was great playing at the Garden, playing in front of my family and friends. I have been playing here for four years and it has been great place; it was our last regular season game here and it was important for us to get the win.”
On Pitt’s physical and mental strength:
“They (St. John’s) played hard; they kept fighting the whole game. Like any team they (St. John’s) kept working the ball around and wasted clock time. We wanted make sure we rotated the ball around and got the best possible shot.”
On Pitt’s offensive performance and shooting:
“It was a must win; I think everybody strapped down. I was comfortable. I am a senior and I should be comfortable out here. I wanted to try and shift the momentum of the team. I was not surprised with the shooting, my team did a great job of rotating the ball and they found me for open shots.”
Quoting Pitt’s Lamar Patterson
On getting the win coming off two losses:
“There were a lot of hard practices and coach got after us. We got out-rebounded by Notre Dame at home so that was our main focus tonight. “
Quoting St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin
“I think the kids [Jakarr Sampson and D'Angelo Harrison] already hit on the talking points that we had in the locker room after the game-the nine turnovers in the second half. I thought we took care of the ball well in the first half and that allowed us to stay in the game and be competitive. We held our own on the boards in both halves, but the combinations of the nine turnovers and the 17 points off of those turnovers led to a 16-point game. Statistically it was not a huge difference in any category other than the 17 points off our turnovers. Pittsburgh's ability to get out to the open court and get easy looks before our defense was even set. I thought Pittsburgh was patient against our zone and they found some good looks, some seams, to get the ball to their interior to their bigs and they also made some great shots with the clock running down-some really difficult shots with the clock running down. We didn't take advantage and got in the bonus early in the second half, but we weren’t able to get ourselves to the foul line. I thought that was critical as well. I think twelve [minutes] and change we got into the bonus and we didn't get back to the foul line often enough to generate the kind of points we were going to need in… to stay within distance of Pittsburgh.”
On St. John’s scoring woes:
I think we were kind of in the desert offensively and that's a credit to Pittsburg in terms of their defense. but also, there were things that we could've done more effectively in terms of being more patient and having better shot selection. Ball security-when we did penetrate the ball into the lane- we didn't protect it. There were a number of plays, when we got into the gaps, were able to rip the ball...their depth was a factor as well in terms of wearing us down over the course of the game. That was probably a factor as well in terms of us missing shots and not shooting the ball as well from the three-point line.
Quoting St. John’s D'Angelo Harrison
On the lead and momentum changes:
“If we had converted some of the shots we usually make, it would have been a different ball game. You credit Pittsburgh and their team. They capitalized on our misses and we turned the ball over. Nine turnovers in a half is uncharacteristic for us. Just missing shots and careless turnovers - we take care of that and we'll be fine.”
Quoting St. John’s Jakarr Sampson
On the game:
“I felt like we could have won this game. Our team felt like we could've won this game. We just didn't execute down the stretch. We missed open shots like [D'Angelo Harrison] said and we mixed box out assignments and things like that. We definitely feel like we let this one go.”
On his minutes in the second half:
“It was just that the group we had in was clicking. We were doing a good job - we went on a good stretch. Towards the end, we kind of broke down and they got the lead back. It's just because they were clicking - our group that was in was clicking - so Coach [Lavin] left them in.”