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  Sunday, January 23, 2005

1/23 Sunday Recap
By Jonathan Watters

Georgetown href=/profile//> 55, href=/profile//> Notre href=/profile//> Dame href=/profile//> 54
ND href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> Chris href=/profile//> Thomas, href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (3-11 href=/profile//> fg's)6 href=/profile//> reb, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> ast, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> TO
ND href=/profile//> PF href=/profile//> Torin href=/profile//> Francis, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (1-4 href=/profile//> fg), href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> reb, href=/profile//> 21 href=/profile//> min
GU href=/profile//> PF href=/profile//> Jeff href=/profile//> Green href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (4-10 href=/profile//> fg's) href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> reb
GU href=/profile//> F href=/profile//> Brandon href=/profile//> Bowman, href=/profile//> href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (5-14), href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> reb href=/profile//>
GU href=/profile//> C href=/profile//> Roy href=/profile//> Hibbert, href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> pts, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> reb href=/profile//>

In href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> telling href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> John href=/profile//> Thompson's href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> underrated href=/profile//> Hoyas href=/profile//> upset href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> struggling href=/profile//> Notre href=/profile//> Dame. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> theme href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Mike href=/profile//> Brey's href=/profile//> teams, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Fighting href=/profile//> Irish href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> talent, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> underachieve href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> regularly. href=/profile//> Despite href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> post href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> juniors href=/profile//> Torin href=/profile//> Francis href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Dennis href=/profile//> Latimore, href=/profile//> ND's href=/profile//> guards href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball. href=/profile//> Chris href=/profile//> Thomas, href=/profile//> Chris href=/profile//> Quinn, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Colin href=/profile//> Falls href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> decent href=/profile//> guards, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> standout href=/profile//> skill href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> group href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> spot href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> shooting. href=/profile//> Francis href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> struggling. href=/profile//> While href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lottery href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> nights, href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> suffering href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> moment. href=/profile//> Georgetown, href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> hand, href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> case href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> program href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> up-and-coming href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> overachieving. href=/profile//> Thompson href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> post href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> worth href=/profile//> watching href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> PF href=/profile//> Jeff href=/profile//> Green href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> C href=/profile//> Roy href=/profile//> Hibbert, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> along href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> veteran href=/profile//> do-everything href=/profile//> F href=/profile//> Brandon href=/profile//> Bowman href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> improved href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> Ashanti href=/profile//> Cook. href=/profile//> Green href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> particular href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> player, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> currently href=/profile//> leads href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> East href=/profile//> freshmen href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> scoring, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> displays href=/profile//> superior href=/profile//> athleticism, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> understanding href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> such href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> player. href=/profile//>

Maine href=/profile//> 67, href=/profile//> Northeastern href=/profile//> 60 href=/profile//>
PG href=/profile//> Jose href=/profile//> Juan href=/profile//> Barea href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (7-24 href=/profile//> fg's), href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> ast, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> to
PF href=/profile//> Shaun href=/profile//> James href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> pts, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> reb, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> blk href=/profile//> - href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> 5.5 href=/profile//> bpg href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> season

Washington href=/profile//> 66, href=/profile//> Washington href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> 48
UW href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> Nate href=/profile//> Robinson href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (3-8 href=/profile//> fg's) href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> reb, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> ast
UW href=/profile//> WG href=/profile//> Tre href=/profile//> Simmons href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (3-10 href=/profile//> fg's)
UW href=/profile//> WG href=/profile//> Brandon href=/profile//> Roy href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (2-7 href=/profile//> fg's) href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> reb

The href=/profile//> Washington href=/profile//> Huskies href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> piling href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> wins, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> in-state href=/profile//> rival href=/profile//> Washington href=/profile//> State. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Cougars href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> slow href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> down, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> couldn't href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> offense href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> themselves, href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 32% href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor. href=/profile//> Washington's href=/profile//> guards href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> superstar href=/profile//> stats, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> let href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> fool href=/profile//> you. href=/profile//> There href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> six href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> minutes, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> stars href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> different href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> Wing href=/profile//> Tre href=/profile//> Simmons, href=/profile//> blessed href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> sweetest href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> strokes href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> country, href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> hot href=/profile//> hand href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> late href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> cooling href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> today. href=/profile//> Brandon href=/profile//> Roy href=/profile//> continues href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> struggle href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> injuries, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> inability href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> done href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> given href=/profile//> freshman href=/profile//> Joel href=/profile//> Smith href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> prove href=/profile//> himself. href=/profile//> Smith href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> 5-7 href=/profile//> shooting, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> putting href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> numbers href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> per. href=/profile//> We href=/profile//> haven't href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> gotten href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team's href=/profile//> star, href=/profile//> Nate href=/profile//> Robinson, href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> potential href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> SF href=/profile//> Bobby href=/profile//> Jones. href=/profile//> Not href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> special, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> blast href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> watch. href=/profile//> Catch href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Huskies href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> can...

NC href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> 85, href=/profile//> Maryland href=/profile//> 69
NCSU href=/profile//> WG href=/profile//> Julius href=/profile//> Hodge href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> pts, href=/profile//> (7-14 href=/profile//> fg's) href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> reb
NCSU href=/profile//> WF href=/profile//> Gavin href=/profile//> Grant href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> pts, href=/profile//> (3-4 href=/profile//> fg's, href=/profile//> 2-3 href=/profile//> 3-pt)
Mary href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> John href=/profile//> Gilchrist href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (3-8 href=/profile//> fg), href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> ast
Mary href=/profile//> WF href=/profile//> Nik href=/profile//> Caner-Medley href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (5-12 href=/profile//> fg's) href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> reb

The href=/profile//> night's href=/profile//> ACC href=/profile//> matchup href=/profile//> featured href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> highly href=/profile//> regarded href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> preseason href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> seem href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> verge href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> falling href=/profile//> apart. href=/profile//> NC href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> struggled href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> Tony href=/profile//> Bethel href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> bacterial href=/profile//> illness, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Maryland href=/profile//> hasn't href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> overcome href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> rash href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> injuries href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> backcourt href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Dr href=/profile//> Jeckyl href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Mr href=/profile//> Hyde href=/profile//> affair href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> John href=/profile//> Gilchrist's href=/profile//> presence href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> NC href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> comes href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> lease href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> life, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Maryland href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> figure href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> solution href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> problems href=/profile//> quickly. href=/profile//> Herb href=/profile//> Sendek href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> huge href=/profile//> lift href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> wings. href=/profile//> While href=/profile//> neither href=/profile//> Illian href=/profile//> Evtimov href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> Engin href=/profile//> Atsur href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> provide href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> consistent href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> option href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Hodge, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> shooters href=/profile//> combined href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 33 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> tonight. href=/profile//> Also href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> note href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> freshman href=/profile//> wing href=/profile//> Gavin href=/profile//> Grant, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> straight href=/profile//> double href=/profile//> figure href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> performance. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> wings href=/profile//> combined href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> shoot href=/profile//> 15-28 href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 9-17 href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> behind href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> arc. href=/profile//> On href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> side href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor, href=/profile//> John href=/profile//> Gilchrist href=/profile//> continues href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> disappoint. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> actually href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> efforts href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> recently, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> nothing href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> single-handedly href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> tourney href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> One href=/profile//> bright href=/profile//> spot href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Gary href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> WF href=/profile//> Nik href=/profile//> Caner-Medley. href=/profile//> Caner-Medley href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> ended href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> boards, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> numbers href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> misleading. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> half, href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> over. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Terps href=/profile//> continue href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> search href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> consistent href=/profile//> inside href=/profile//> presence href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> replace href=/profile//> Jamar href=/profile//> Smith, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> Ekene href=/profile//> Ibekwe href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Travis href=/profile//> Garrison href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> seem href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> challenge.

 
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