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Dec. 4, 2009

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New Hampshire at Pitt, December 4, 2009, Petersen Events Center


Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon


Opening Statement:


“I don’t remember the last time I was a part of a low scoring first half like the one we had, but it was probably the last time we faced New Hampshire. That was a low scoring game as well. I’d like to think it was a credit to good defense. It’s just what happens. I thought we played very well on defense, we just didn’t take very good shots and had trouble executing in the first half. Our guys got it together and for the end of the first half and it continued into the second half. Once again, I look at it as if we improved as the game went on. We could focus on the beginning or the end of the game. I think it’s a good win and I’m happy to be 7-1.”


On the play of Ashton Gibbs and Brad Wanamaker:


“We ran a lot of sets for Ashton, but I thought both of them played well. They were both patient with their shots.”


On Pitt committing 16 turnovers:


“It’s not a horrible number, but when it’s a low scoring game, the number stands out. We cut the turnovers down in the second half from 10 to six. Most of our turnovers came from our big guys and that usually doesn’t happen. Low turnovers have been a strength for us, but we’re still relatively low on the year.”


On recovering from Wednesday night’s game:


“I thought we came out with good energy both today and yesterday at practice. We’ve played a lot of games so far. There are not a lot of teams that have already played eight games. We came out and dropped a few balls early and that’s just something we don’t do. We just have to stick it out and believe that we can finish strong.”


Quoting Pitt’s Brad Wanamaker


On Pitt’s first half offense:


“We were out of sync. We were playing good defense, but we weren’t making our shots and making some bad decisions. The last time I was a part of a low scoring game like that was when I was little playing in YMCA league.”


On the second half:


“After halftime we adjusted. We moved the ball more outside and we started to make our shots. Our confidence kept building as the game went on.”


On scoring a career high 19 points:


“Both Ashton and I didn’t have great looks against Duquesne, so we did our best to come out here and knock down the open shots tonight.”


Quoting Pitt’s Ashton Gibbs


On his play:


“New Hampshire played good defense. They were pressuring me not to shoot and that’s to their credit. I’d look for a play for my teammates or I took the best look I had in order to score.”


On a career high 23 points:


“I just took what the defense gave me and made some plays and we had a good night.”


Quoting New Hampshire Head Coach Bill Herrion


Opening Statement:


“That was a tough one. To be honest, when you play these games and you are a team at our level playing against a Big East team, your biggest fear is whether you can compete physically. I thought that tonight we were competitive enough, especially on defense, and were able to hold our own. We were able to hold them to only 47 points. They were missing shots, but I think that we had something to do with that. Obviously I know the team well because of Tom and I know what this program is about. Trying to score on them is difficult. I told our guys that if we could have scored at all, we had the opportunity to do something special tonight.”


On the play of Ashton Gibbs:


“I thought that we were defending well in the first half, and then he went on a roll at the end of the first half and into the second half. There were some things defensively that we didn’t handle well. He’s a good player. He’s starting to really help them offensively. I think that was the difference. At this level, you can’t shut everybody down. If you take away the inside game, someone can hurt you on the perimeter.”


On the first half being the lowest scoring half in the shot clock era:


“I think that we were lucky that they were just as bad offensively in the first half. They are a young team, trying to find their way. When they get Jermaine Dixon and Gilbert Brown back, that will help them offensively. Right now, they are getting their younger guys experience, which will only help them later (in the season). When you come into this situation (playing Pitt at home) you try not to look at how successful they have been here, but it’s hard to ignore. It’s daunting. A lot of other teams at our level have probably come in here and gotten blown out. I liked our toughness. I didn’t like our shot selection.”


On coaching against his brother, Pitt Associate Head Coach Tom Herrion


“I’m happy for Tom that he is at such a great program. He is at a place that is enjoying unbelievable success, with a guy that can really coach and who is a good guy. He’s surrounded by good people here, and you can’t put a price tag on that. He is in a great situation with Pitt basketball.”

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