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Dec. 6, 2008

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Vermont vs. Pitt, December 6, 2008, Petersen Events Center


Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon:


Opening Statement:


“This is a good way for us to go into finals week. I think we played well against a very good team. Vermont has great balance and they’re very experienced. They’re probably going to win their league this year so it’s a challenge we looked forward to. Their perimeter shooting presents a real test, but we managed to stay with it on the defensive end. I was also pleased that we were able to get a lot of guys a lot of minutes tonight. This is valuable experience for a lot of our players.”


On Sam Young’s scoring:


“It really started last year with Sam carrying the weight for us offensively. I think it kind of developed when we had all of those guys get injured and he had to play so many minutes. We definitely run more set plays for him than any other player I’ve had at Pitt, but it’s because Sam is able to handle it. He’s so mentally and physically tough and so well conditioned that he never stops attacking. But he also understands his role very well and how he fits in with the rest of the team.”


On Pitt’s defense:


“I really challenged the guys before the game tonight to come out and give their best defensive performance of the season, and I think they did just that. Vermont is a very good test with all the different looks they throw at you, especially with Marqus Blakeley who’s an excellent inside player. He makes them a versatile team.”


On Marqus Blakeley:


“He’s a relentless player and a tireless worker, very much like Sam Young in that regard.  He’s not that tall, but when you see him in person he plays a lot bigger than you’d expect. He’s also very dangerous because they can put four shooters around him, so it’s difficult to collapse on him. When you give a guy like that space, that’s when he can beat you.”


Quoting Pitt’s Sam Young:


On Pitt’s 13-0 run to open the game:


“Coach told us that we were about to stop playing good teams and decent teams, and start playing great ones. With what’s coming up, we couldn’t keep starting off slowly and having to battle our way back. We made a conscious effort to come out strong tonight, especially on defense and I think we were pretty successful with that.”


On whether he can keep scoring at this pace:


“I sure hope so. As long as it comes within the flow of our offense and we keep winning, I’ll be happy to take my points. I think Vermont is a team that really focuses on the offensive end and wants a high scoring game and I thought we did a really good job running our offense.”


Quoting Pitt’s Tyrell Biggs:


On Pitt’s defense:


“Coach really did a great job preparing us. We knew a lot of their tendencies coming into the game and had a good game plan to defend them.  We really were working our double team well on their post players, getting the timing just right. It’s tough for an offensive player to overcome that.”


Quoting Pitt’s Ashton Gibbs:


On his play:


“I just wanted to take advantage of my opportunities. When I got into the game and got an open look, I wanted to take it and knock it down. I thought I played pretty well tonight, although I always think I could have played better.”


Quoting Vermont Coach Mike Lonergan:


Opening Statement:


“We obviously didn’t play well.  It’s disappointing. I was worried about Pitt because of how hard they play.  They’re a physical team and we didn’t compete with that.  We also missed a lot of open shots.  We were dominated.  But it’s one game and hopefully we can get back on track and compete in the America East.  We play a tough schedule, this was our first tough test and we just didn’t compete. I have to give credit to Pitt. They were awesome on the boards and we just couldn’t do anything with that.”


On finding itself down 13-0 to start the game:


“We came out and really struggled. It set the tone. We knew if we were going to compete that we would have to shoot a lot of three’s and we missed.  The turnovers killed us.  We were manhandled under the glass.  Pitt had 24 offensive rebounds, that’s ridiculous.  There weren’t too many positives that came from this game, but they made us look bad and I think we’re better than that.”


On Sam Young:


“Sam was a tough matchup because he is so quick. He’s too strong and he’s hard to keep off the glass and on top of that he’s experienced. He’s had a lot of games under his belt.  We were more worried about DeJuan Blair.  A lot of our turnovers led to easy baskets and there shouldn’t be turnovers when a team doesn’t press.  But give Pitt credit, they’re ranked No. 3 in the nation for a reason.”

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