- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 9, 2003


Seen and heard yesterday at MCI Center:
SIGNS, SIGNS, EVERYWHERE SIGNS The banner police [i.e. Georgetown's athletic administration] cracked down on all anti-Hoyas signs. At halftime, security personnel removed two critical of coach Craig Esherick (one read "Forget Saddam, topple Esherick"). But not all signs were removed. Plenty of innocuous, hand-painted ones were allowed to stay with messages like "Catholic Basketball Showdown" and "Can't Beat Sweetney" available for the CBS cameras.
FREEMAN COMING BACK Courtland Freeman, Georgetown's 6-foot-9 reserve center/forward, will return to the Hoyas next season by taking a medical redshirt for his injury-plagued sophomore season. Freeman, one of Georgetown's tri-captains, appeared in just six games then because of back and foot injuries and is eligible for a fifth season. But his return may not exactly be what the Hoyas' diehard fans are looking for. Freeman has averaged more fouls per game (2.7) than points (2.5) or rebounds (2.1).
SENIOR DAY Only two Hoyas reserve point guard Trenton Hillier and forward Victor Samnick played their final home game. Each was presented with an inscribed silver bowl in a pregame ceremony. Hillier, who also played on the Georgetown football team, has been little more than a cheerleader this season, scoring two points in nine minutes. Samnick, however, was thrust into the starting lineup when center Wesley Wilson quit the team following Georgetown's 93-92 double overtime loss at Notre Dame on Feb.1. In 10 starts, he has averaged 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds.
Ken Wright

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