- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 26, 2003

Seen and heard yesterday at Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh:
PUT YOUR DUKES UP If the game could have been summarized with a snapshot, the perfect photo opportunity came three minutes into the second half. During one of the several times players from both teams had to be separated, Pittsburgh's Carl Krauser made his intentions perfectly clear he gestured toward a Georgetown player by putting both his fists up in a fighting pose before getting pulled away. Amazingly, with all of yesterday's physical play, no punches were thrown.
NOT THIS TIME At his postgame news conference, Hoyas coach Craig Esherick made it known, even after a very physical game that included several controversial calls on both teams, he would not be launching a tirade akin to the one he issued after the West Virginia game Jan.#12.
"I don't want to disappoint anybody, but you're not going to see a performance today," Esherick said, drawing laughs from reporters. Later, he said, "I love the referees. I love all referees. If a man came in here with a striped shirt, I'd hug him."
COOK OUT Hoyas freshman Ashanti Cook did not dress because of a nagging ankle injury. Gerald Riley continues to be bothered by a stress reaction in his foot but started anyway and fouled out with four points and five rebounds after playing just 23 minutes.
LIGHTS OUT Lights on nearly one side of the court of the new arena went out just 1:02 into the game. After a brief conference with the coaches, game officials decided to continue with the dimmed lighting, which was restored during the first media timeout.
Duff Durkin

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