Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
SAMNICK SURGERY Junior forward Victor Samnick had surgery performed on his ailing foot yesterday and will miss the rest of the season. The loss of the 6-foot-8 defensive stopper, who had been trying to play through an injury suffered against South Carolina on Dec. 6, further weakens Georgetown’s frontcourt, which has struggled on the boards all season.
SHUMPERT IN SHADES Syracuse swingman Preston Shumpert, who entered the game as the Big East’s second-leading scorer (21.2 points), wore wraparound shades last night after aggravating a scratched cornea earlier this week which he originally suffered last March against Pittsburgh. Shumpert had never before played in the shades and it showed against the Hoyas. Likely distracted by the protective lenses, the 6-6 senior made only one of his five first-half field goal attempts and scored his only three points on a bomb with just 1:53 remaining before intermission. Shumpert played just a handful of minutes in the second half before his ineffectiveness prompted him to exit the game.
TRIPLE TECH Three different Hoyas picked up technical fouls last night, perhaps a strangely welcome sight for a team which has seemed lackadaisical and lifeless at times this season. In order, coach Craig Esherick, senior point man Kevin Braswell and junior forward Courtland Freeman earned technical fouls for griping at officials (first two) and roughing up the Orangemen (Freeman).