Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
STRIKE UP THE BAND That is, if you have one. With Georgetown’s students on break, MCI Center resembled a morgue and had a consolation game feel. No cheerleaders, no band and a sparse turnout for the 6 p.m. tipoff. However, a band did finally show up. At 6:30 p.m. and with 7:34 left in the first half, the Northwestern High School marching band started filing in. The Hyattsville school didn’t perform their first number until halftime. Until the break, this game was at the mercy of disgruntled Georgetown alumni who offered their version of events.
ALL SPORTS Move over Stanford, the ‘Canes want the Sears Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually to the university that has the winningest athletic programs in all sports. Coming into the game, Miami had an unusual winning streak going. Including baseball, football and basketball, the ‘Canes have recorded 41 consecutive wins. The ‘Canes baseball team won its final 17 games en route to the 2001 national championship. The football team is 11-0 and will compete in tonight’s Rose Bowl for the national title. The ‘Canes’ 21st-ranked basketball team did their part last night by disposing of the Hoyas and running their record to 14-0.
SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE The entire Georgetown coaching staff made sure they saw Roy Hibbert sitting on the baseline. Hibbert, who attends Georgetown Prep, is 7-foot-2 and was given VIP treatment courtside. It would be sacrilegious for any “Little Hoya” not to continue his career on the Hilltop.