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Post-Game Quotesheet




Dec. 12, 2009

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POST-GAME QUOTESHEET

Kent State at Pitt, December 12, 2009, Petersen Events Center

Pitt 71, Kent State 59

 

Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon

 

Opening Statement:

 

“It was good that we came out and played early. We did a good job of moving the ball and taking open shots. This team has showed a lot of improvement but we are not where we need to be. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re a little banged up heading into final exams, but we’ll take a few days off, give the student athletes some time to focus on their academics and get back to it. I’m really looking forward to next week because this team is going to continue to get better. Kent State is a good team and they’re one of the top teams in the Mid-American Conference. They’ve played a lot of road games in the early-going here, but they’re going to win a lot of games this season.”

 

On the play of Brad Wanamaker:

 

“We’ve been trying to get Brad to take more open shots. With him, he’s been passing up the open shot and the challenge was trying to get him to see that. He started the season practicing and playing well, then he went into a little bit of a slide, but his last five games he’s been really playing well.”

 

On making shots near the end of the shot clock:

 

“That’s something we haven’t done. There have been situations where we took a shot but missed, but our guys don’t know what it’s like to grind a team down like that. It’s valuable and it was good to see our guys being more patient. I think down the stretch, we’ll be a good, more confident shooting team.”

 

On Jermaine Dixon’s return:

 

“There’s been a lot of talk about Jermaine coming back and he’s not the same as what we’ve seen. He’s been out for six months and nothing positive comes from him being out. It’s tough. I know he’ll be all right in a few weeks. Today, his drive to the basket was something he needed. Sometimes, the challenge is just getting a bucket.”

 

Quoting Pitt’s Brad Wanamaker

 

On his shooting:

 

“I’ve been coming into the gym and working on my shots. Today, I took advantage of taking more open shots. I saw on film that I was passing up open shots before, but it had nothing to do with my lack of confidence, I just wasn’t facing the shot.”

 

On Jermaine Dixon’s return:

 

“Jermaine brings something different to the floor. He’s a good player and he’s intense. It was good that he was able to drive to the basket and get a layup and the foul. That will boost his confidence.”

 

On being one of the leaders of the team:

 

“Last year, we helped fuel the fire, but this year, it feels good to the leaders. We’ve all done it when were in high school. It’s nothing new to us, but it’s just at a different level.”

 

Quoting Pitt’s Jermaine Dixon

 

On being back:

 

“It feels good. My foot is a little sore, but it was great to be back on the court helping my team out. It was good to score. When I played last game against Indiana, I was a little timid on driving to the basket and today, I needed to. Coach told me to keeping driving and I think that’s what I need to do in order to get my stride back. Today, I played alright, but I know I can be better.”

 

Quoting Pitt’s Nasir Robinson

 

On Pitt’s scoring:

 

“We know that Brad and Ashton Gibbs are going give us big points, but we need to step up and help them out. We got off to a great start today and just kept rolling.”

 

On his game:

 

“I went through a rough patch but it happens. I just stayed focused and cut down on my mistakes.”

 

Quoting Head Kent State Coach Geno Ford

 

Opening Statement:

 

“I thought that their two 30-second buzzer shots were the biggest plays in the game. We guarded well for 34 seconds, but to no avail. I think that we were foolish on defense. We over helped on those plays. They shot the ball very well. We knew it would be a challenge. Just look at their record at home against non-conference opponents. I know they’ve struggled shooting the ball recently. To be honest, the worst thing for us was how poorly they played against Indiana. They looked really good tonight, better than they have on the film that we watched.”

 

On Pitt’s defense:

 

“We had some guys struggling to put the ball in the basket. They are terrific at position team defense. They show very well on screens and are good at being where they are supposed to be. When we did get some open shots, we missed them. We had very few positives on offense. Against a team like this, had we not gotten to the glass or played as hard as we did, we could have lost by 25 points.”

 

Quoting Kent State’s Chris Singletary

 

On Pitt’s 3-point shooting:

 

“On some of their shots, they got some good looks at the very end of the shot clock. They are a Division I team, their players can make shots. When you guard well for 30 seconds, those 3-point shots at the end of the shot clock hurt you.”

 

On being effective in the post:

 

“My teammates did a great job of finding me in the post. Most of the time, I was going one on one down there. I was staying patient and then would make my move.”

 

On Pitt’s defense:

 

“I think they are great at team defense. As far as helping one another, they are great at jumping off the pass. They are always in position. They are strong down low and good at getting defensive rebounds.”