- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 10, 2002

Seen and heard yesterday at MCI Center:
DESPERATION With six regular season games remaining, Georgetown is in serious postseason peril. The Hoyas likely need six more victories to earn an NCAA tournament berth. Tuesday's game at Seton Hall shouldn't be a real problem, but games against Connecticut and at Syracuse also loom. The Big East is likely to place five teams in the NCAA tournament. Assuming Connecticut, Miami and Pittsburgh are locks, the Hoyas likely will have to catch Syracuse or Notre Dame in the division to have a shot.
CELEBRATION Notre Dame's Chris Thomas authored the quote of the day while describing the Irish's postgame celebration: "Everybody was just screaming and jumping around and taking their clothes off players, coaches, everybody. That's just what guys do when they get excited."
Whatever you say, Chris.
SWEETS Somewhat lost in the heartbreaker was another mammoth performance by Georgetown power forward Mike Sweetney. After his career 35-point, 20-rebound performance, the 6-foot-8 sophomore now leads the conference in double-doubles (13).
MUSINGS Georgetown coach Craig Esherick was extremely gracious after the frustrating loss, but you have to wonder if Esherick wasn't internally fuming about the officiating. At the end of the first overtime, Wesley Wilson appeared to get fouled on his last-second putback attempt of Kevin Braswell's shot. Midway through the second overtime, Courtland Freeman was virtually decapitated by Notre Dame's Harold Swanagan, and yet the officials saw fit not to call an intentional foul. And Esherick has to wonder how Notre Dame's Ryan Humphrey, who picked up his fourth foul with 14 minutes left in regulation, could guard Sweetney and Wilson for 34 minutes, delivering numerous swipes and bumps, without drawing one more whistle.
Barker Davis

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