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Post Game Quotesheet




Dec. 23, 2011

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POST GAME QUOTESHEET

Wagner at No. 15 Pitt, Petersen Events Center, December 23, 2011

No. 15 Wagner 59, Pitt 54

Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon

Opening Statement

“I give credit to Wagner, they played well and they executed well and they have good and experienced players. We obviously didn’t play well. I can’t point to anything that we did well in the game, offensively we didn’t shoot well and it was a high amount of turnovers for us.  It’s disappointing; I thought we were ready to go.  We definitely took a step back and it was hard to watch. We’ll get back to work tomorrow and get ready for Notre Dame. It’s our first league game and we have to be better prepared and I have to do a better job of getting our guys ready to go.”

On the 18 turnovers Pitt committed:


 

 

“They pressured us and we didn’t have a turnover in the backcourt, but in the second half we had a lot of turnovers that hard to understand. We didn’t play well and we got what we deserved.”

On Tray Woodall’s injury:

“I should have maybe given our guards more minutes. We did some things that I haven’t seen before and we’ve been playing without Tray for about six games now. We’ve hope to have him back by now, but it’s not an excuse.”

Quoting Wagner’s Head Coach Dan Hurley:

Opening statement:

“Obviously we knew we had to play at a high level, both mentally and physically.  This is one of the premier programs and the premier coaches in the country.  Defensively, we wanted to extend the floor and pressure, especially with the absence of Tray [Woodall], who is a great guard.  This is a win of high caliber, it’s huge for us.”

On spreading out Pitt’s guards:

“That was our game plan, to extend our defense up the court.  That’s how we normally guard, whether we are playing the number one team in the country or anyone on our schedule.  We knew they had bigger guys on the wings.  I coached Lamar [Patterson] in high school.  We wanted to make them run on both ends of the court.  We wanted to wear on them.”

On facing UConn earlier this season:

“That gave us confidence.  We were only down eight points with under eight [minutes] to go.  We didn’t play as well there, as here.  Knowing the caliber of their program and how we did, we knew if our guys stepped up, we’d have a chance to win.”

On Latif Rivers’ free throws down the stretch:

“He’s coming back from a torn labrum in his shoulder.  That’s the type of guy and type of player that he is. This injury takes time to come back from.  You almost have to relearn how to shoot.  It takes about 10 games back to find your rhythm.  He has that toughness and belief.”

On holding their own in rebounding:

“Our guys are a brotherhood, a real team.  Our guys practice hard.  They relate well to each other.  They are a blessing to coach. We were outrebounded by nine, but we were right there until the end.  If we were going to win, we knew that we had to be.”

Quoting Wagner’s Kenneth Ortiz:

On Ashton Gibbs:

“We knew he was a great player.  I wanted to try and get him out [of his rhythm] early. I’m from the same area as Ashton, I know his game.  Tonight, it worked out in my favor.”

Quoting Wagner’s Latif Rivers:

On holding their own in rebounding:

“That was one of our key points coming into the game, rebounding.  We knew they were a great rebounding team and that we would have to battle on the boards.”

On upsetting a nationally ranked opponent on national television:

“This is big for us as individuals and as a team. When you play a top ranked team and can come into their home court and come out with the win, that’s big.”

On the atmosphere of the Petersen Events Center:

“I think as a team we enjoy that.  We’re competitive.  When we come into our huddles, our coaches tell us to stay poised.  We go over situations in practice and hope to translate what we practice to the games."