- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 9, 2005

Hoyas report

Yesterday at MCI Center

KEY NUMBER

+19.4 Connecticut’s national-leading rebound margin. The Huskies decimated the Hoyas on the boards (47-32) and could challenge the NCAA record of 18.5 by Manhattan in 1973.

QUOTABLE

“Charlie Villanueva — for the first time, in my opinion — was a killer today. … I can’t believe I’m saying this, but he was a rock. In the past, I might have called him a rock in reference to a part of his anatomy but never as a player.”

— Coach Jim Calhoun on Connecticut’s ballyhooed sophomore forward, who torched Georgetown for 19 points and 13 rebounds. Villanueva has been criticized in the past for his lack of intensity and consistency.

SEEN AND HEARD

WHERE’S THE BEEF?: Georgetown received a commitment from yet another blue-chip recruit last week, top-100 combo guard Jessie Sapp. The Hoyas used the last of their 13 scholarships, assuming starting point guard and current walk-on Jon Wallace will get his just reward from coach John Thompson III at season’s end. That still leaves the Hoyas dreadfully thin inside, where only raw freshman Roy Hibbert and budding star Jeff Green see significant minutes. The only way the Hoyas now can sign a power forward or center in this class is if another player transfers.

— Barker Davis

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