- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 11, 2001

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:


NEW JACK CITY Georgetown unveiled a new version of Jack the Bulldog, much to the chagrin of longtime fans. While the old costume did have an unmistakable odor, they should have simply replaced it instead of changing it. The new Jack has been woefully Disneyfied. Gone are the menacing teeth and spiked collar, replaced by a furrier, more huggable incarnation only a 3-year-old could love.

STATS Entering the game, Georgetown led the Big East in two categories scoring margin (+27.0 points) and field goal percentage defense (.347).

SAMNICK Perhaps someone should disabuse starting swingman Victor Samnick of the delusion that he is a scorer. Samnick, without question the team's fifth option on the offensive end among the starters, forced shots on the Hoyas' first two possessions, missing both of course and setting a ragged tenor for a miserable first half.

PREP BEARD? After being named MEAC coach of the year for Howard in 1992, Morgan State's Butch Beard has suffered through a steady career decline. Beard parlayed his stint with the Bison into a head job in the NBA, was fired and became an NBA assistant. That brief run as an assistant with the Wizards ended last season, prompting Beard's return to the MEAC. Judging by his 0-7 start this season, Beard could soon be looking at local high school openings.

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