- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Last night at Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.:

BY THE NUMBERS

29.8 Percent shooting for Georgetown against Syracuse, a season low. The second-most accurate team in the nation heading into the game at 52.2 percent, Georgetown endured by far its worst shooting performance of the season, finishing 17-for-57 to beat its previous low of 41.5 percent in the season opener against Hartford.

4 Technical fouls assessed. In a game that was ugly and mean spirited from tip to whistle, the officials got as much of a workout as players on either roster. Even Georgetown coach John Thompson III, who rarely raises his voice, picked up his first technical of the season arguing a charge call on Jon Wallace. The other miscreants were Georgetown reserve Tyler Crawford and Syracuse guards Eric Devendorf and Paul Harris.

SEEN AND HEARD

Given the combination of the lopsided Orange victory and the game-defining performance of Syracuse senior Demetris Nichols (22 points), the Big East player of the year award could come down to the wire. Nichols increased his lead as the league’s top scorer (19.0 points) and could score more points among the coaches with a big performance Saturday at Villanova. Georgetown’s Jeff Green also is still a favorite despite posting only nine points and 10 rebounds in the loss. As the best player on the conference’s best team though, Green might need only strong finale in a victory Saturday against Connecticut.

Barker Davis

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