- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Seen and heard last night at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J.:

SO SWEET Georgetown sophomore power forward Mike Sweetney was named co-Big East Player of the Week for the second consecutive week for his 35-point, 20-rebound effort in Saturday's quadruple-overtime loss to Notre Dame. Sweetney, who shared the honor with Notre Dame's Matt Carroll, became the first member of the 30-20 club in the 22-year history of the Big East with his performance against the Irish. The 6-foot-8, 260-pounder also contributed six assists and six blocks in the loss, incredibly committing just one turnover in 49 minutes of action. Sweetney currently leads the league in field-goal percentage (59.7) and rebounding (10.3) and ranks third in scoring (19.7 points).

SILVER LINING? Of the five Big East teams battling for what most experts think is just one remaining at-large berth in the NCAA tournament, Georgetown entered the game with the softest remaining schedule. The Hoyas' remaining opponents have a winning percentage of just 59.9 percent, while Boston College (66.9), Rutgers (65.0), St. John's (68.8) and Syracuse (63.7) all face tougher closing slates. The Hoyas likely will need a victory over either Connecticut at home (Feb. 19) or at Syracuse (Feb. 24) and at least one victory in the Big East tournament to have a chance.

PHILOSOPHICAL SHIFT Georgetown, which obviously established itself as a hoops power under John Thompson in the early '80s by virtue of its rugged defense, currently leads the Big East in scoring (82.2 points) by a healthy margin. The Hoyas are almost certain to eclipse the school record for scoring (78.5 points in 1985-86). Interestingly, however, the Hoyas currently rank 10th in the league in scoring defense (68.7 points), their worst-ever position in the Big East. It's clear that in just three seasons as the coach, former shooting guard Craig Esherick has changed the focus of the Hoyas from defense to offense.

Barker Davis



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