- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
ALL-NAME TEAM: You would be hard-pressed to find a better collection of first names in Division I than at Norfolk State. In fact, it's an all-name starting five. You've got brothers Hiraman and Joemi Byrd manning the backcourt. Chakowby Hicks, who is a District native, is the small forward. Inside, you've got Mohonda Whitfield and Karandick Ogunride. Too bad these guys have more name than game. Combined they average 20.4 points a game, and even that is inflated because Joemi Byrd (five points) and Whitfield (two points) have appeared in just one game this season.
EARLY SEASON FODDER: Here's what playing the likes of Grambling State, James Madison, Towson and Coastal Carolina can do for you. The Hoyas lead the nation in steals by a comfortable margin, averaging 16.2 swipes a game. Miami, Georgetown's Big East rival, is second at 13.8.
HOW AND WHEN DID IT HAPPEN?: Given that Norfolk State is an ideal early season Georgetown opponent, especially playing in the lightly regarded Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, these schools have met just twice before. Shortly after the advent of the peach basket, the Spartans beat the Hoyas 57-42 in Norfolk during the 1942-43 season, and Georgetown won 87-69 at home last season.
Ken Wright

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