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March 5, 2010

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Providence at No. 17 Pitt, March 4, 2010, Petersen Events Center

No. 17 Pitt 73, Providence 71


Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon


Opening Statement:


“It was the kind of game that we thought it would be. I’ve watched Providence a lot and they are always in games, they make runs, they get offensive rebounds. They find a way of always getting back into games. They play hard and have guys that can score. We didn’t do what we wanted to do with rebounding. We thought that we would have to outrebound them to win. The last play was a great shot by Ashton Gibbs. I thought that we did some good things offensively. We finished with 24 assists. Our turnovers kept us from pulling away, especially in the first half. They played hard, we played hard. It was a classic game.”


On Ashton Gibb’s game-winning shot:


“I hope he keeps doing it if we are in that situation again. He’s one of the best shooters in the country. He can make shots. It’s a play we work on, so our guys knew exactly how long three and a half seconds was. They knew that they could take it down the court. I think that putting in Travon Woodall made it hard for them to matchup with our guards. Ashton is the right guy to take the shot.”


On working on last second plays in practice:


“We do it almost every day. Whether or not it works, it depends on how much time we put on the clock. Sometimes we put five, sometimes we put one. We’ve never done it with three and a half seconds. We have different options. We had a kid make a shot. It’s something we needed. I think it was great to see Jermaine Dixon getting more comfortable tonight too. He was driving to the basket and finding ways to finish. That’s big for him”


On Brad Wanamaker finishing with 13 assists:


“When we were recruiting him that’s something we liked most, his ability to pass. It’s unusual for a guy at the three position to lead his team in assists. We put him in a position to be a play-maker. He’s good at it. You can’t teach guys to pass. Most of our team is good passers. We recruit guys who can pass.”


On clinching a double-bye in the Big East Tournament:


“I’m just thinking about Rutgers. I think it’s good to have. We have 12 wins in the conference. We need to get another one Saturday. We’re looking forward to Rutgers. I think if you asked me at the beginning of the season, I would say that it’s a good situation to be in.”


On the play of Providence’s Jamine Peterson:


“I don’t think we did a good job of defending the ball screen. They hurt us. He hurt us on the glass. He got a lot of loose balls. He’s very good. He hurts everybody. He’s averaging about 20 points and 10 boards a game. He finished with 24 points and 18 rebounds tonight. He’s an older kid who hurt us in a big way. I don’t think we guarded well enough, but we did hold them to 41 percent shooting from the field. They only had six turnovers. That’s where they hurt us.”


Quoting Pitt’s Ashton Gibbs


On his buzzer beating 3-point shot:


“It’s one of the biggest shots I’ve made. The three-pointer I hit in the West Virginia game was big too, but this was to win the game. When there were three seconds left, I wasn’t surprised that they backed off me so that they didn’t foul. I just took advantage of what I was given and I was feeling good and I knocked it down.  I was able to keep my composure because we practice situations like this and I’ve been in pressure games my entire career. I have confidence in my shot and I’m glad to see that the hard work is paying off.”


On hitting six 3-point shots:


“I give credit to my teammates for getting me the ball in the right spot. Coach Dixon has been pressuring me to move without the ball and get open and it worked today.”


Quoting Pitt’s Jermaine Dixon


On clinching the double bye for the Big East tournament:


“It’s good because we get more practice time in New York. We can do our thing, rest up and wait to see who we play and prepare.”


On driving to the basket:


“Coach Dixon tells me to drive to the basket more because I’m good at it. When I go to the hoop I can either take the shot or pass it off to someone with a better look. When I do that, we’re productive.”


On winning at the buzzer:


“We just don’t quit. We believe that the game is never out of reach, no matter how far we’re down. We prepare for situations like this. If any player on our team is going to take the last shot in a game, it should be Ashton. He works hard and he’s a great shooter.”


Quoting Pitt’s Brad Wanamaker


On the difference in the game:


“Turnovers hurt us. We had 11 in the first half and that’s what kept Providence in the game. They would either draw a foul or make a bucket off of our turnovers. That’s what kept us from extending our lead early and that hurt us.”


On Ashton Gibbs’ shooting:


“Ashton works hard in practice. He makes his shots in practice so he should be the one to take the big shot in the game.”


On the Mohawk hairstyles:


“Well, Travon Woodall was the first to have it and Jermaine supported the look as well. So, Nasir Robinson and I thought that we should just try it out. It’s something new.”


Quoting Providence Head Coach Keno Davis


Opening Statement:


“Over the last nine games, we have played five teams top eight teams in the country, and we played Pitt tonight. We have a young team, and sometimes the end result is not a measure of talent. I’ve seen our team improve. We’re not as good as Pitt. It’s not easy to become a top half team in this conference, but we’re working and improving.”


On Ashton Gibbs:


“Tip your hat to him. He’s an incredible player. He’ll be playing at a higher level too.”


 On Providence’s defense:


“I think we’ve received some unwarranted publicity on our team and our defense. I feel like every night, we’ve been improving.  The stats don’t always show it, but when you play top teams, it’s tough.  Because of our inexperience, we need to add players and recruit more.  In the Big East, you see someone every year not playing, and then the next year they are receiving votes for all conference.”


On the South Florida game:


“We struggled in the South Florida game.  We have a young team, and I think travelling affected us. We didn’t get to practice the day before, and each day is important to us. We had a good practice coming in to this game. We’re competitive but a step below some of these Big East teams.”


On Brian McKenzie at the free throw line:


“It’s tough to go to the line in that situation. No one has more confidence in themselves than Brian. That is why he’s going to be on the court at the end of the game.”


On mismatches:


“We did a good job offensively with ball screens, and I think Pitt struggled with recovering.”

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