- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 25, 2007

The fashion scene that is Georgetown gave way yesterday to visitors and residents wearing blue-and-gray shirts reading: “We are Georgetown,” “100 Years of Hoya Hoops,” “The Hoya Hoop Club” or “Bleed Hoya Blue.”

The fashion statements were just part of the excitement for the NCAA basketball tournament game between Georgetown and the University of North Carolina.

Georgetown fans screamed inside the Rhino Bar and Pumphouse while watching the game on three 10-foot TV screens as the Hoyas scored its first four points. The Hoyas beat the top-seeded Tar Heels 96-84 in overtime.

Georgetown has played in the tournament 24 times, but has not won a national championship since 1984. The Hoyas won that year by defeating the University of Houston 84-75 in Seattle. The last time the Hoyas went to the Final Four was 1985.

Wearing a Hoya T-shirt and knee-length pants was Pete Stewart, 22, a Georgetown junior from Pasadena, Calif. He and two buddies boasted of their loyalties as they walked along M Street.

Christy MacLeodi, 21, a junior, enjoyed lunch and the sun in the early afternoon, then planned to go to an apartment with 10 friends to watch the game.

“We’re counting down until the game starts,” she said. “We will split up because there are so many of us. The other half will go to someone else’s apartment.”

Nate Van Duzer, 21, of Seattle, who is studying history at Georgetown, said he is a fan of Pat Ewing Jr., son of a former Georgetown star, because “he’s got a lot of energy.”

Patrick Ewing Sr. was playing for Georgetown when the Hoyas played North Carolina in 1982 for the national championship.

The Hoyas lost 63-62. Michael Jordan, then a freshman, hit a jump shot to give the Tar Heels the one-point lead. Then Georgetown guard Fred Brown, while moving the ball up court of the potential game-winner, unexplainably passed the ball to Tar Heels James Worthy and the game ended.

The Georgetown coach that year was John Thompson Jr., whose son, John III, is now the coach. The Tar Heels’ head coach this year, Roy Williams, was an assistant coach with the team in the ‘82 game.

Students who remained on the Georgetown campus yesterday were more sedate than fans downtown until game time. About two hours ahead of the opening tip-off, they began gathering in the Sellinger Lounge, where a giant TV screen was lowered to show the game from East Rutherford, N.J.

On an adjacent wall was a message from Thompson: “Our fans, particularly our students, have been a wonderful source of energy and support throughout the season, and every member of the team appreciates their effort.”

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