- The Washington Times - Friday, December 21, 2001

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

NO GOODMAN In the undercard game, Howard crushed Towson 77-57 before approximately 40 fans. No doubt MCI Center would have been brimming if only Tamir "Y2K" Goodman had played. And Howard would only have won by the score of 77-58.9. You remember the "Jewish Jordan," right? He's the kid who had more stories written about him than he made baskets in his brief college career, which ended with a gaudy 1.9 point scoring average last week. Seriously, the one traffic light that winked briefly on New Year's Eve a couple of years ago had more impact on society than the "Jewish Jordan" had on college hoops. Never has there been such a disparity between hype and reality.

BURIED Speaking of those hypemeisters, the Washington Post requested seven credentials for last night's clash. All seven were accommodated, but sports editor George Solomon and columnist Mike Wilbon were dubbed non-working press and buried in the rafters, several area codes from the action.

MORE TOWSON-HOWARD Fittingly, universally loathed official Ted "the Butcher" Valentine (think Bobby Knight) worked last night's meaningless early game, a matchup which appropriately suited his skill level.

INCOMPETENCE Defining what was a miserable first half for both teams, two individual debacles stood out as particularly painful to watch. Georgetown starting swingman Victor Samnick was whistled for three fouls in just three minutes of playing time before intermission. But Virginia starting power forward J.C. Mathis was almost as woeful, collecting three turnovers, missing both of his shots and adding no rebounds in his seven minutes of play.

STATS Virginia committed 13 first-half turnovers, but led 32-24 by virtue of a staggering edge on the boards (29-15).


Barker Davis

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