- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Forward Mike Sweetney yesterday became the first Georgetown player in 16 years named to consecutive All-Big East first teams.

In a vote of the league's coaches, Sweetney and Boston College guard Troy Bell were the only unanimous selections to the first team. Sweetney, a 6-foot-8 junior, becomes the first Georgetown player since Reggie Williams (1986-87) to receive the honor in consecutive seasons.

Sleepy Floyd (1981-82) and Patrick Ewing (1983-85) are the only other Hoyas to accomplish the feat.

"It's a great accomplishment to be known by the coaches to put me on that team," Sweetney said.

Sweetney, who is from Oxon Hill, is the only player in the nation ranked in the top 20 in scoring (22.6 points), rebounding (10.4 rebounds) and blocks (3.1 blocks). Sweetney finished the season 11th in scoring, 15th in rebounding and tied for 10th in blocks.

"He's been carrying us. No words can describe it," Georgetown sophomore point guard Tony Bethel said. "He's unstoppable inside."

Sweetney and Bell are joined on the first team by Connecticut sophomore center Emeka Okafor, Notre Dame senior guard Matt Carroll, St. John's senior guard Marcus Hatten and Syracuse forward Carmelo Anthony, who became just the second freshman in Big East history to earn first-team honors.

The Big East's player of the year will be announced tonight at the league's awards dinner.

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