- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 27, 2002

Seen and heard yesterday at Fitzgerald Field House in Pittsburgh:
SWEET RETURNS Georgetown sophomore power forward Mike Sweetney, an All-Big East lock and one of the nation's best young big men, decided to dispel rumors about his entering the NBA Draft before they even started. Georgetown's leading scorer and rebounder said last week that he is "definitely coming back to school next year definitely."
SAMNICKED Junior forward Victor Samnick, still afflicted by chronic pain from a foot injury he suffered against South Carolina on Dec. 6, did not dress for the game and is unlikely to play tomorrow against Syracuse. Samnick is scheduled for an MRI and a meeting with a foot specialist today to re-evaluate his treatment for the rest of the season. Samnick's absence leaves Georgetown without its best defender over 6-foot-5. That could spell trouble against a team like Syracuse that features a trio of 6-6 scorers in Preston Shumpert, Kueth Duany and Josh Pace.
PULLED EARLY Georgetown coach Craig Esherick saw Pitt fans storm the court after last week's upset of No. 12 Syracuse here and decided to send his team to the locker room early. Esherick sent everyone on the bench to the showers with 39 seconds remaining to avoid having his players trampled or heckled by a potential court-swarming storm of Panthers fans.
"It had nothing to do with anything that happened in this game, but one of your greatest fears as a coach is that one of your players will get injured in a situation like that," said Esherick, who dispatched his remaining players immediately after the final buzzer. "It was my decision, and I explained why I did it to [Pitt coach Ben Howland] after the game. If I had known they weren't going to storm the court, we would have stayed and shook their hands."
Barker Davis

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