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Dec. 6, 2013

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Loyola Marymount at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, December 6, 2013

Pitt 85, Loyola Marymount 68


Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon

On the game:

“We took care of the ball and shared it all the way through, 23 assists is an exciting number and the high shooting percentage, 58%, says a lot of things. We did what we wanted to do offensively and the defense got better as the game went on. No question about it the rebounding was something we stressed throughout and we didn’t get it done at the end of the day. For the most part, we did get to all of our goals but give them credit, they kept battling and that’s a tough team. They have a tough senior guard (Anthony Ireland) who kept going and some tough young kids in (Ben) Dickinson, (Gabe) Levin and (Evan) Payne; those are three good young players so give them credit.”


Quoting Pitt guard James Robinson

On Pitt’s five players reaching double figures in points:

“We’re a really unselfish team. Everybody is capable of creating their own shot. We look for each other, and I think that really showed tonight. All we care about is winning. That’s what we go for.”

On being guarded by LMU’s star guard Anthony Ireland:

“In the scouting report, we knew he would pressure the ball. I just tried to use my size and protect the ball. My teammates were getting open, and I was able to find them.”


Quoting Pitt guard Cameron Wright

On defending Anthony Ireland:

“He shot 7-for-17. He’s a great player, but I feel that we did a great job defensively on him.”

On playing tough defense:

“That’s still what our coaches preach. We talk about defense first. Our defense is our No. 1 priority.”

On getting to the basket frequently in the second half:

“We have good guards and good bigs who can handle the ball. We’re all able to create for ourselves. But give that team credit. They played extremely hard tonight, so I wouldn’t say it was an easy game.”

On coming off screens and making jump shots:

“That’s in our motion. Coach likes me running the baseline, and James looks at me from the top of the key. Our big guys do a great job of setting screens to get me open.”


Quoting Pitt forward Durand Johnson

On why the game was close in the first half:

“Our guys got lackadaisical. We weren’t taking anything for granted, but we didn’t play as hard as we should. We let them get confident, and that’s how they stayed in the game by making shots in the first half.”

On what the team needs to improve on:

“I would say rebounding. Tonight we got out-rebounded. We’re much better than what we showed. Coach Dixon told us that just because it was Loyola Marymount didn’t mean we could come out and play soft, play lazy. We have to keep our intensity for 40 minutes no matter who we’re playing.”


Quoting Loyola Marymount Head Coach Max Good

Opening statement:

“I think you have to be tough to play at Pittsburgh, and, by golly, they’re tough.”

On the travel:

“We will have played nine of our first ten games on the road. I hope that serves us well later. Playing against a caliber team of Pittsburgh will make us better.”

On how Pitt pulled away:

“I didn’t think we were very judicious with our shot selection. We haven’t been a great three-point shooting team.”


Quoting Loyola Marymount guard Anthony Ireland

On Pitt’s defense at the beginning of the game:

“It didn’t bother me throughout the first half and the second half. I was just trying to pick my spots as best as I can and try to get my teammates involved. Give them credit; they did a good defensive job on me, I shot 7-17, 1-3 from the three. But they played well; I just have to do better.”

On the toughness of Pitt:

“Coach stressed that they would be really physical with us. They have five guys on the board; offensive boards, defensive boards, and that the main thing, rebounding. It was beating us to rebounding for the majority of the first half. Gabe Levin came out and played well, he had 14 rebounds. We just have to do better than them and practice.”

On guarding James Robinson:

“He was pretty solid. He ran the team pretty well. He wasn’t really aggressive in the coach scouting report, which was the main thing, he wouldn’t be aggressive, he is looking to get his teammates involved and his assist-to-turnover ratio (35-7), I knew that coming in to the game. Late I tried to heat him up a little bit, but he is a good player. I respect him and yeah, he is a good player.”

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