= Here is the early story as the No. 5 Panthers beat Georgetown
= Here are some post-game quotes from Pitt coach Jamie Dixon, and guards Ashton Gibbs and Brad Wanamaker, and Georgetown coach John Thompson III and guard Chris Wright.
COACH JAMIE DIXON
ON TEAM PLAY
“I was really happy with how we played and how we stayed with our stuff. We ran our sets really well in the first half and even in the second half, we just missed some open shots. It was really good execution for the most part.”
ON SCOUTING REPORT
“I was really impressed how quick our guys picked up the stuff. Georgetown is unique in how they do their stuff and run their sets. From Monday, our first day we really jumped into what they were doing and understood it and picked it up. I was amazed how much we were able to go through. It was rather remarkable. We have a smart group and they take a lot of pride in what they do.”
“It’s definitely a good thing, but our mission is not over yet. We still have a long way to go. We have a lot of games to play. We can’t step back right now.”
ON QUICK START
“We wanted to match their intensity and it started on the defensive end. We just wanted to get out and jump on them in the beginning.”
ON DEFENDING HOYA GUARDS
“We just wanted them to take tough shots. They have a great trio of guards and they can all get it going.”
ON HOYAS LATE RUN
“Knowing Georgetown, they can get it going at any time in the game. The crowd got into it a little bit. We just came down and executed. For the most part we made some good plays at the end of the game.”
JOHN THOMPSON III
ON 1-4 Big EAST START
“Yeah, it’s a concern. We’re 1-4 in the toughest league in the country. We can still fight our way out of it and we have to fight our way out of it. But is it a concern to be 1-4? Definitely.”
“They are a very good defensive team, there’s no secret about that. I think they played very well on both ends of the floor. We dug a hole for ourselves in the first half.”
ON ASHTON GIBBS
“He’s a shooter. If you leave him open and give him space, he’s going to knock down the shot.”
ON 1-4 START
“We’ve got to look at our next game. It’s not an ideal situation but at this point you can’t do nothing about it. It’s no time for us to basically be acting like punks. We’ve got to step up.”
** POST-GAME NOTES
** Dixon gave special mention to reserves Talib Zanna, Lamar Patterson and J.J. Richardson. With centers Gary McGhee and Dante Taylor in first-half foul trouble, Richardson contributed with his busiest Big East night of the season. He played four minutes – and picked up three fouls – in the first half. He didn’t score but he allowed McGhee and Taylor some precious bench time.
** Wanamaker appeared to have a basket on an apparent goal-tending by Julian Vaughn early in the second half, but it was ruled a blocked shot. Wanamaker said he asked the officials about the shot, and they didn’t call goal-tending because they felt it was going to an air-ball. That’s bad.
** Remember the last time Pitt played at Verizon Center? The No. 3 Panthers blasted Georgetown, 70-54, on Jan. 3, 2009 to send the No. 11 Hoyas into a season-long slide. Georgetown lost 12 of its next 18 games and missed the NCAA Tournament.
** The Panthers’ bus trip to Washington, D.C. ran into some snowy weather on Tuesday night in Maryland and ran into a virtual white-out. But the players stayed entertained with three movies — including the kidnapping drama “Taken” — and the bus arrived safety in Metro D.C. area after a six-hour journey.