Big man Smith comes up small in Georgetown debut, Hoyas fall to Oregon

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The teams played in special camouflage uniforms — light-colored camouflage for Oregon, dark for Georgetown, and coaches on both teams wore combat boots and military-style cargo pants. Instead of names on the back of their jerseys, Oregon had “USA“; Georgetown had words like “Integrity,” ”Courage” and “Respect.”

Just after dawn Saturday, orderly lines of men and women in uniforms began lining up in the cold air outside the gym. Aside from an occasional whoop, the soldiers mostly stood and talked quietly while waiting for the gym to open. Inside, they cheered loudly for both teams, waving shirts and signs saying “Hi Mom” for the cameras. After the game, the players gave their jerseys and other gear to soldiers and posed for pictures.

“This is very rare for these guys,” 1st Sergeant Sharon Carson, from Silver Spring, Md., said. “They’re young and usually they spend their free time trying to get in trouble. … This keeps them out of trouble. It’s a big thing for them.”

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