- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 27, 2007

Yesterday at Verizon Center

QUOTABLE

“To have five turnovers against a team that is very good at pressuring the ball and causing turnovers is huge. I don’t want to talk about it too much, because I don’t want to jinx it, but the guys are doing a very good job of taking care of the ball.”

— Georgetown coach John Thompson III, whose team has posted back-to-back season lows in the turnovers with six against DePaul and five against Cincinnati.

“My number is in the Georgetown Hall of Fame, but it only got there after he wore it.”

— Former NFL commissioner and Georgetown basketball standout Paul Tagliabue, enjoying a laugh with Patrick Ewing Sr. during halftime. Tagliabue, who wore the eventually famous No. 33 from 1959 to 1962, still ranks 21st in the Georgetown record books in career rebounds (584).

PLAY OF THE GAME

Thirteen minutes and 19 seconds remained in the second half when Cincinnati leading scorer Marcus Sikes (19 points) picked up his fifth foul with Georgetown holding just a 51-46 lead. The Bearcats’ only serviceable big body (6-9, 235 pounds) and a streaky 3-point shooter in the midst of a torrid performance, Sikes picked up two fouls in quick succession on the same possession trying to back Georgetown center Roy Hibbert (26 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks).

— Barker Davis

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