Nov. 13, 2009
Wofford at Pitt, November 13, 2009, Petersen Events Center
Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon
"This was an opportunity to improve for us and I thought that as the game went on, we got better. It's exciting to look forward to our next practice and our next game because we know we're going to be better. This was the type of first game that we needed and I'm proud of our guys for gutting it out and coming through. I thought the fans were tremendous. They really got us through that, I can't thank them enough. Wofford is a good team. They returned all of their starters and we didn't have any back. I thought we were out coached. But when it came down to it, we made the big plays down the stretch."
On what he said to the players at halftime:
"We went in and I didn't hop on the guys, I just guaranteed that we were going to have a better second half. I thought that our defense wasn't that good and that we were gave them too many easy layups. We went from shooting 37 percent in the first half to 59 percent in the second. I thought we came out in the first half and set up a good play for Gary to finish and then we got away from our game. That's our challenge and we need to stick with it."
"We were outrebounded by seven in the first half and that's something we've figured out and it's not good enough. We knew our rebounding was an issue and we've been addressing it. We worked on rebounding off free throws in practice and Gary came up big and got that rebound, was fouled, and made the three-point play."
On the team's leadership this evening:
"It was fun to see Brad Wanamaker and Gary McGee lead as the game wore on. They gained confidence. We're an evolving team and different guys are doing different things. We don't want to be in a position where we have to rely on one guy to come through. We want to take what's there and trust each other."
Quoting Pitt's Brad Wanamaker
On trailing most of the game:
"They got up on us early and I felt that I had to show leadership, as well as my teammates that were here last year. A lot of the guys were first-time starters or it was their first college game. As the game went on I think we got the jitters out and focused. In the end, we came through."
On the last six minutes of the game:
"We all kept talking to one another and saying that we needed to go on a run. Wofford is a good team and we didn't want them to get too far behind because that's when teams start to hold the ball and make you play defense. In the last six minutes, I knew that guys were going to go to Gary and I in order to get good looks and finish."
Quoting Pitt's Gary McGee
On halftime adjustments:
"We needed to play better defense. We were letting them have easy shots and we weren't rebounding. We needed to come out and execute on offense better and make that extra pass to the open man. "
On his play:
"I made the biggest foul shot of my career after I got the and-one. I wanted to come out big and I did with that first dunk."
Quoting Pitt's Dante Taylor
On rotating playing time with Gary McGee:
"Gary and I pretty much know when we are going to go in the game. I knew that I was going to come off the bench, so I wanted to get out there and bring a lot of energy to the floor. I finished around the basket and I wanted to do all that I could in order for my team to win."
Quoting Wofford Head Coach Mike Young
"In our situation in the Southern Conference, the opportunity to be in this facility, this atmosphere, to have a shot against a storied program like Pitt was a great matchup for us with all of our old guys coming back, and it being a lot of their guys' first time. Jamie's bunch lost some great players this season, but they still made plays when it counted most. I'm glad that we played them November 13th and not December 13th, rather sooner than later, by then they'll be a different team. That Dante Taylor, when he grows up, he is going to be a great player. But Tonight, I'm glad with our effort. We made them work."
On the last play of the game:
"We were hoping to catch them, to fade to Godzinski, and Dollman wanted to stay and floor it. Then Jamie switched. If I had to do it over again we would have gone for the quick two. Godzinski is a great shooter, but we hated the shot that we got. Our team is better than that shot. It isn't an easy place to play here in the Petersen Events Center. We missed a couple of layups and then it got sticky. You really have to credit them, they stiffened up. Things just didn't come easy."
On the end result of tonight's game:
"Last year we had two point guards, we were barely surviving. Our guys are devastated that we didn't finish tonight, that we blew it here. I take it that we played very hard against an exceptional team. We'll be fine."