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Nov. 2, 2008

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Pitt vs. Seton Hill, November 2, 2008, Petersen Events Center


Quoting Pitt’s Head Coach Jamie Dixon:


Opening Statement:

“This was a good game and a good opportunity for us to see some different looks and try some different things. I think at this point in our practices, we were ready for a different challenge and the opportunity to go up against a new team. Seton Hill has some big guys that like to slide out to the perimeter, which isn’t something we simulate, so it was good for us to see that. It’s still very early though and we’re just trying to improve and keep getting better.”


On the team’s chemistry:

“I think learning chemistry goes hand-in-hand with learning to play basketball at Pitt. The way we play has a lot to do with making good passes and putting the players around you in good position, so I think the two are closely related. We’ve only had 13 practices, so I’m pleased with where we were today.”


On the play of Ashton Gibbs and Travon Woodall:

“Both are excellent players and I thought both played very well today. You saw Travon really get on a roll shooting the ball from the perimeter, which is a skill set he brings to the table. Ashton doesn’t seem to turn the ball over be it in practice or in today’s game, which is obviously something you want from your point guard. Both of them have a lot of work to do to get better defensively, but they know that and they’re putting in the effort.”


On the play of Gary McGhee:

“He looks like a completely different player out there compared to last year. In practice, he’s much more comfortable running the floor, making passes out of the post, and just doing what he has to do to stay in the game. I really liked the way he pursued some of his rebounds today as well. I’m not sure he was that aggressive last year. We’ve also done a lot of work with his free throw shooting form, so it was a positive sign that he went five-of-six from the line today.”


On Pitt’s passing:

“I didn’t think we were passing quite enough in the first half, but that did get better as the game went along. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to that though, and I want to make sure that we’re getting great shots and not just settling for what’s open. I did think we got better as the game went along, and obviously getting Levance Fields back will help us a lot in that regard when he gets back. I think he’s the best in our league at making that quick pass.”


Quoting Pitt’s Travon Woodall:


On his play:

“I was a little disappointed with my play today. I shot the ball well enough, but those two turnovers to just two assists aren’t going to get it done. Levance Fields is such a good passer and he never turns the ball over. When you’re stepping in for him you have to try and be at that level and I wasn’t today.”


On playing with Ashton Gibbs:

“We’ve become good friends off the court which only helps us on the court. I don’t look at it as a competition between us. I think it’s been proven that there’s room for two smaller guards to get good playing time in the same backcourt at Pitt, so we just try to make each other better.”


Quoting Pitt’s Gilbert Brown:


On the significance of today’s game:

“It was really nice to see some new competition. We pride ourselves on our practices at Pitt, but after awhile you need to change it up and get some new looks. Seton Hill does some things different than what we’re used to, and I thought we adjusted to that pretty well and met the challenges.”


On Ashton Gibbs and Travon Woodall:

“Levance Fields is our general so any time you’re missing him, there’s going to be some adjustments. But I think it’s great that Ashton and Travon are getting this experience right now. They’re both very talented players and the sooner they get comfortable at this level, the better it’s going to make us as a team.”


Quoting Pitt’s Ashton Gibbs:


On getting his first start at Pitt:

“I heard during shoot-around this morning that I was going to get the start and I just tried to roll with it after that. I didn’t want to get too wrapped up in thinking about it, rather, I just wanted to come out and play basketball. I was just glad we got the win. As long as that happens, I don’t care where I play or if I get to start.”

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