- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 18, 2006

Last night at Dayton Arena:

BY THE NUMBERS

21-2 Record for Georgetown in first-round NCAA tournament games following yesterday’s victory over Northern Iowa. Only Kentucky (43-4, 91.5 percent entering last night’s game against UAB) could boast a better winning percentage in first-round games than Georgetown (91.3 percent).

18.8 Scoring average for George Mason’s Will Campbell over the team’s last four games. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound sophomore forward from Baltimore averaged just 10.7 points over the team’s first 27 games.

12 Combined points by which the underdogs led at halftime in the four games in Dayton yesterday. Lower seeds led every game at the break, Davidson over Ohio State (29-25), Northern Iowa over Georgetown (30-26), George Mason over Michigan State (33-30) and Murray State over North Carolina (31-30).

QUOTABLE

“God blessed him with that body. But he has a desire and an understanding and a willingness to be coached and taught. It’s just the tip of the iceberg.”

— Georgetown coach John Thompson III on 7-foot-2 sophomore center Roy Hibbert, who led the Hoyas with 17 points and nine rebounds

“We know how good our league [Colonial Athletic Association] is. We understand why more people don’t because they don’t get to see us play. … But the same RPI formula that spit out Duke, Connecticut, Villanova and Memphis at the top says we’re the No. 26 team in the nation.”

— George Mason coach Jim Larranaga after his Patriots upended sixth-seeded Michigan State for the first NCAA tournament victory in school history

Barker Davis

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