Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

SULTAN OF SWIPE Senior point guard Kevin Braswell entered the season 109 steals short of the NCAA career record of 373 held by former Providence standout Eric Murdock. Through five games this season, Braswell has 22 steals, putting him on pace for 123 and the record.

AFROMANIA Grambling State apparently didn’t get the memo that the Afro went out of style for the second time nearly a year ago. Four Grambling players sported wonderfully untamed versions of the retro-coif. Reserve forward Jared Jones got the gold-medal nod, however, for his 10-inch, headband-wrapped effort.

COACH COMPARISON Craig Esherick coached his 90th game with the Hoyas last night. His 56-34 record during that span is better than Hall of Fame coach John Thompson’s mark through the same number of games (51-39).

MONO PARANOIA Junior forward Courtland Freeman was suited up last night, but he was fighting flu-like symptoms. Is it mono? Freshman guard Tony Bethel is out at least four more weeks with mono, and it’s going around the Georgetown campus. If Freeman goes down with mono, and Mike Sweetney’s Achilles’ problems linger, Georgetown will have no inside depth until January. That’s bad news for a team that has rebounding issues even when it has a full roster.

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