- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 15, 2003

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

SWEETNEY LETT DOWN The numbers don't compare. Georgetown forward Mike Sweetney had to share Big East player of the week honors with Pittsburgh center Ontario Lett, despite a huge statistical imbalance. Lett shot 81.3 percent (all layups) from the field in helping the Panthers to a 2-0 week, including a nationally televised win over No.10 Notre Dame. In two games, Lett totaled 32 points and 16 rebounds, making 13 of 16 shots from the floor.

In two games last week, Sweetney scored 58 points, pulled down 25 rebounds, blocked seven shots, dished out six assists and added four steals. Who's line would you rather have? And we'll just leave Hoyas coach Craig Esherick out of this one.

NUMBER 12 Andre Barrett, Seton Hall's star junior point guard, wears No.12 despite the fact that it is one of the university's eight retired numbers. Richie Regan (1949-53) granted Barrett permission to wear his number at Seton Hall. Regan died Christmas Eve at the age of 72. Regan played, coached, was athletic director and an administrator at Seton Hall. He led Seton Hall to the 1953 NIT championship. As a tribute to Regan, the Pirates wear black bands on their uniforms.

ARENA MAY DISAPPEAR The word is that Continental Airlines Arena might not be long for this world. There is a plan to build an arena in downtown Newark to be ready in 2005. The idea is for the NBA's New Jersey Nets, NHL's New Jersey Devils and Seton Hall to be primary tenants. Now in its 22nd season, Continental Airlines Arena was the site of the 1996 Final Four and nine NCAA tournament East Regionals.

One arena employee told The Washington Times last night that many current employees would not work in Newark because of it's crime-ridden reputation. As for the arena? It will end up like Capital Centre a pile of rubble alongside a major highway. Developers are lining up to buy the swampland and build a shopping mall.

Ken Wright

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