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Oct. 29, 2011

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Pitt vs. La Roche, Exhibition Game, October 29, 2011

Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon

Opening Statement

“I thought we did some good things.  The assists really stood out and the passing and we got a lot of layups.  I think the story of the game was our unselfishness.  The passes that were made by Travon, Ashton, and Lamar made some nice passes and Cameron did too, so that’s how we were getting all those layups.  I’m more of the guy who focuses on the guy who gets the other guy the shot; whether it be a screen, a pass or a guy running the floor to get another teammate open. Those are things we really look at.  All those layups today were caused by guys being in the right place at the right time, delivering the right pass at the right time or setting the right screen or running the floor to get somebody open.”  

“Some very good stuff, obviously six turnovers to 27 assists, that was really evident out there. I thought we played a lot of guys, a lot of different guys got minutes.  Ashton only played 20; Travon played 17, so we really balanced out.  Our big guys got to play more minutes, obviously; because of our numbers without Nasir being out there.”

Update on Nasir Robinson's status:

“He practiced with skill work the last couple days.  He’s been doing some shooting, he’s been out there about 20 to 25 minutes to start practice and doing some five man weaves, so we think he’s coming along.  I think we’ll have a better understanding of where he’s at on Monday.  I think he may go a little bit at practice on Monday.  The knee feels good.  I think he feels pretty good.  He’s on schedule or maybe a little ahead of schedule.  He brings energy to our practice just being out there.  He makes us a better team, he makes us play harder and that’s what he does.”

On Khem’s performance:

“Our guys passed the ball very well.  He got a number of bounce passes at his chest.  We’ve really been emphasizing that a lot and not throwing bounce passes at the feet.  He’s got nice touch, good hands and he’s in the right spot often.”

On Tray’s seven assist and zero turnover performance:

“We have two point guards out there with Travon and Ashton.  I think it’s a nice thing to have.”

Quoting Pitt’s Khem Birch

On his play during the game:

“I started off slow because it’s different from high school, but then I got adjusted to it as soon as I scored my first point.”

On the mental difference in playing the 4 or 5 position:

“I find that it is harder to play the 5.  It’s more physical and I find the way the play is (that) I find it harder than the 4.  It’s mostly positioning.”

Quoting Pitt’s Malcolm Gilbert

On his three early blocks and his early action:

“I think it got the momentum moving a little bit, discouraged the (La Roche) offense and  got the team hyped. It also helped in transition and scoring buckets.”

Quoting Pitt’s Lamar Patterson

On playing his type of game:

“It’s just games like this that you want to make sure you stay to the program that Coach Dixon wants us to do. (You have to) run the plays, and then when you do (stay to the program) when the game’s out of hand, we will be good when the game is tight also.  (It is about) showing maturity.”

On his 3-point shooting:

“We have great shooters: there is J.J. Moore, Isaiah (Epps) is a great shooter, Tray (Woodall) hit big shots, we know Ashton (Gibbs) will hit big shots and Cameron (Wright) and I are going to hit shots.  We’ve got a few guys on and off the court, coming off the bench that will hit shots, so we should be pretty good.”

Quoting Pitt’s Tray Woodall

On the play of the game:

“I think our guys did a good job of going out there and executing.  The second group really came out and showed what they were doing in practice. (They) did a good job of translating what we do in practice to the real game.”

Quoting La Roche Head Coach Harry Jenkins

On disparity of assists (2) to turnovers (21):

“That’s not going to do it, but I feel that in our league we’ll probably be a little stronger than that against the competition we have to play against.  From the game overall, we did a decent job of making them turn the ball over (and) making them take care of the ball.  But the one thing that really hurt us was their transition offense.  I’ve been following Pitt for years and I’ve never quite seen the type of transition offense they displayed this evening.  They knocked three’s down in transition; they were getting their big people down the floor.  You look at their game and it’s a half-court game, it’s a patient offense, run plays, use their screens on a half-court level.  Today, they showed a little bit more that they may have another level to their game this year and that was pretty impressive.  I think they can put a very tall, talented, deep team on the floor this year and that will help against a lot of the teams they play.”

On the pre-game tribute to former La Roche Head Coach Scott Lang, who passed away unexpectedly last December:

“I think I was still touched by the tributes.  It was reserved for a man that meant as much to La Roche college as anybody that I’ve met.  He was dedicated to the school and dedicated to his players.  He provided for them in every way that he could.  There were a lot of guys who played for him that may never have played college basketball if it wasn’t for Coach Lang and I think that’s why he became beloved like he was.  I think our players played for him last year, he was in their heart and they carried out the season based on their love for him and I’m proud of them.”

Post-Game Quotesheet

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