- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Yesterday at Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu

41 Percentage of free throws (7-for-17) made by Long Beach State against the Hoyas. The 49ers came into the game at 74.2 percent from the line.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Georgetown 6-foot-8 freshman Jeff Green was the main man down the stretch, scoring five of the Hoyas’ eight points in the last 2:39. Green led all players in almost every category: scoring (20), rebounds (10), steals (four), blocks (one) and assists (three). Green matched his career high in points and rebounds. His four steals were a career high.

SEEN AND HEARD

BLOODLINES: It’s hard to believe Long Beach State has any NBA bloodlines given its 1-7 record, but the 49ers feature two players related to former high-profile pros. Guard Jibril Hodges, who came into yesterday’s game averaging 10.3 points, is the son of Craig Hodges, who played 10 years with the Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers. Forward Shawn Hawkins (a team-leading 12.6 points) is the grandson of Hall of Famer Connie Hawkins, who played with the Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks.

BLOODLINES II: Long Beach State forward Onye Ibekwe, whose younger brother, Ekene, is Maryland’s starting center. This was just the second game for Ibekwe, a transfer from Oklahoma State; he finished with five points on 2-for-9 shooting.

OUCH: The 49ers suffered a potential season-ending injury early in the first half when starting guard Louis Darby broke his left foot.

Ken Wright

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