Feb. 24, 2013
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QUEENS, N.Y. -
Head Coach Steve Lavin
On the game against Pittsburgh:
"The main talking point in the locker room was the nine turnovers we had in the second half. We took care of the ball in the first half and that allowed us to stay in the game and be competitive. We held our own on the boards in both halves, but the combinations of the nine turnovers and the 17 points off of those turnovers led to a 16-point defeat. Pittsburgh's ability to get out in the open court and get easy looks before our defense was even set really hurt us. Pittsburgh was patient against our zone, and they found some good looks in the interior with their bigs while also making some really difficult shots with the shot clock running down."
On the team's scoring woes:
"We were kind of in the desert offensively and that's a credit to Pittsburgh in terms of their defense. There were things that we could have done more effectively such as being more patient and having better shot selection. We struggled with ball security when we did penetrate the ball into the lane. There were a number of plays, when we got into the gaps, where they were able to rip the ball away from us. Their depth was a factor as they wore us down over the course of the game."
On not taking advantage of the bonus in the second half:
"We didn't take advantage when we got in the bonus early in the second half by not getting ourselves to the foul line more often. We got into the bonus with about twelve minutes and change left in the game, but we didn't get to the foul line often enough to generate the points we needed to stay within striking distance of Pittsburgh."
Sophomore guard D'Angelo Harrison
On the loss to Pitt:
"If we had converted some of the shots we usually make then it would have been a different ball game. You have to give credit to Pittsburgh. They capitalized on our misses and we turned the ball over too many times, nine turnovers in a half is uncharacteristic for us. Missing shots and careless turnovers, we take care of that and we would have been fine."
Freshman forwards JaKarr Sampson
On the loss to Pitt:
"We feel like we could have won this game. We didn't execute down the stretch. Like D'Angelo said, we missed open shots and missed box out assignments."
Pittsburgh Head Coach Jamie Dixon
On his team's performance:
"We did a pretty good job today. Our big guys were going out on the perimeter more than they ever do. We did a pretty good job at switching our match-ups and that was effective for us. We made good adjustments in the second half. We did a great job defending, and our offense did a good job against the zone. We took great shots and executed well and that was the emphasis this week."