- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 11, 2006

Hoyas Report

Last night at Madison Square Garden in New York

BY THE NUMBERS

11 Assists on 13 first-half field goals for the Hoyas. Georgetown dissected what historically has been the college game’s most daunting zone defense in the opening period, shooting 59.1 percent and taking a commanding 36-21 lead to the locker room. Incredibly, the Orange parlayed that 15-point halftime deficit into the largest comeback in Big East tournament history, easily eclipsing the previous record of 11 points matched by several teams.

Quotable

“Our trainer said he was at 50 percent, and I looked at him said, ‘Yeah, but he’ll be here.’ He’s a gamer. He’s going to play. I don’t worry about him.”

— Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim on senior Gerry McNamara, who played brilliantly despite aggravating lingering ankle and groin injuries earlier in the tournament.

“We worked on that, and I thought if you call a time-out, it gives them a chance to get their defense set up. Over the past couple of years, we’ve been in that situation and we’ve scored.”

— Georgetown coach John Thompson III on why he didn’t call a timeout after the Orange took a 58-57 lead with 9.3 seconds left. Senior guard Ashanti Cook raced the ball upcourt and ended up traveling thanks to a solid defensive play by McNamara.

Barker Davis

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