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No. 2 Pitt falls to ND, post-game quotes

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*** Here is the breaking news story in Pitt’s 56-51 loss to Notre Dame.  

*** Here are some post-game quotes

 Jamie Dixon

 On Notre Dame’s performance

“They deserved to win. They made the plays down the stretch. I’m disappointed in how we executed both offensively and defensively, but Notre Dame had a lot to do with that.”

On Hansbrough (19 points, seven assists)

 “We just couldn’t contain him off the dribble. I was surprised by how he was able to beat us. He played well. He’s been around for a long time and he played really well. He made shots and he really distributed the ball well. He hurt us in a lot of ways.”

 On execution

“We weren’t good enough offensively and we weren’t good enough defensively. Quick shots and turnovers get magnified when it’s a low possession game.”

  

Gilbert Brown

 On team’s lack of patience

“We were a little selfish. We did a lot of things uncharacteristic and you see the outcome. That’s the reason why we lost.”

 On ND’s slow pace

“From the jump, I know they were going to do it. That’s their formula for us. It’s worked the past three games. We are usually the team that grinds it out and plays a half-court set.”

Brad Wanamaker

On Hansbrough

“It was a matter of us breaking down and him making tough shots.”

On missed layup with 48 seconds left

“We were thinking best shot possible. I went in to make a layup and I missed. I don’t think I got fouled.”

On impatient play of Panthers

 “I don’t think we played our game today. As you’ve seen in games past, we played together and passed the ball around and got everybody shots. I don’t think we did that today. We kind of rushed it a little bit.”

On regrouping against Rutgers 

 “It’s still early in the season. We can’t hit the panic button. There is a lot of season left.”

 

 Mike Brey

On team’s energy

“I told (Hansbrough) ’Heat the stove up for Monday night because we are burning all night.’ ”

 Ben Hansbrough

On road win

“It’s really hard to win on the road in the Big East. It takes a lot of heart and toughness and I think we showed a lot of that tonight.”

On switching high-ball screen  

 ”We were really hurting them when we had that shooter. I would take the focus on the weak-side help defender. I wasn’t really surprised (they switched), especially the way I was dragging them. I think they wanted to take that away.”

 On Scott’s 4-point play

“I think that was a huge play. We won by five and that was a four-point play. All of a sudden things get really interesting if that doesn’t happen.”

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