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Little Pat's Big Dunk, other W-S odds and ends

I'm feeling a little guilty that I reduced Patrick Ewing Jr.'s huge reverse dunk in the final minute of the BC game to a mere sentence in my game story, especially after watching the replay on ESPN about a hundred times and seeing John McDonnell's great photo in the paper. (Check out number 4)

But every player I talked to in the locker room after the win pointed to Jeff Green's soaring putback dunk with 7 minutes left as the play that changed the game. I even asked Green, point-blank, to pick the turning point and this was his response (said with a big smile): "The dunk. My dunk. Not Pat's dunk."

In the post-game press conference, center Roy Hibbert--whose awareness and nice pass set up the dunk--underplayed his role: "I have a checklist to see what time is on the shot clock, to see if I can make a move or if I am open to the basket. I went to make my move and as they were collapsing down, I saw Patrick was open so I could make a pass to him. I'm happy he finished it, to tell you the truth."

Lost in the euphoric aftermath of the dunk was the fact that Ewing Jr.--a 50 percent free throw shooter--actually converted the foul shot to complete the andone. (After the Belmont game, Ewing Jr.--in between bites of his post-game sandwich--informed me that from now on, "and one" should be written as one word. I'm still a little unclear as to the reason why. But Rennie, please take note of this.)

Other odds and ends from Winston-Salem:

The following Carolina blue t-shirts were being sold at a sports bar across from the arena:
"Fear the Mask" (already passe)
"Choke: The Official Drink of Duke Basketball"
"Lose Carbs: Flush a Dukie"

John Thompson Jr. is once again doing radio broadcasts for the NCAA tournament, and sits courtside. As Hibbert ran down the court following his pass to Ewing, he looked right at Big John and pointed to him.

I sat on press row a few seats down from Rich Chvotkin. As I was madly trying to finish up my first game story on Saturday--which was supposed to be filed shortly after the buzzer--all I could hear was, "Hoyas win! Hoyas win!" etc. etc. Rich used 15 "Hoyas win!" after they beat Notre Dame in the Big East semifinal, so I'm not sure what this one was worth. Maybe 16, for the Sweet 16?

Georgetown students were well-represented inside the LJVMC; they stood en masse in their grey "We are Georgetown" t-shirts. And I was told that the Hoya band played the theme song from Eastern Motors at some point during the weekend--if that's true, then I feel terrible that I missed it, because Steinberg wouldn't have. He'd also find out why the Georgetown band ends every game with a song from "Jesus Christ Superstar."

By Camille Powell  |  March 19, 2007; 12:27 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Comments

Why do you think the Georgetown band plays "Jesus Christ Superstar" after games? Perhaps this Web page http://explore.georgetown.edu/documents/?DocumentID=736 can help explain...

Posted by: Andrew Lloyd Webber | March 19, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

The dunk that was the turning point was the Jeff Green dunk.

But that Ewing dunk was pretty incredible as well. I don't know what was more impressive, the dunk or the Hibbert pass.

It's hard to believe Hibbert used to be uncoordinated.

Posted by: Ho ya | March 19, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

That link got disabled by the copyright police. Try this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_nNf3UU2XI

Posted by: Philly reader | March 19, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

LET'S GO HOY-AS!

Posted by: D-Wil | March 20, 2007 1:35 AM | Report abuse

"Superstar" is a tried and true tradition, always played after a win in conjunction with the fight song and Alma Mater (victory ending, please!)

Like most other traditions, nobody's entirely sure how it started, but I'm pleased that it continues. It should be noted that in the music folders, the song is titled "Superstar" - probably the takeaway from it's being played, i.e. the team is made up of superstars, with a slight nod to the Catholic tradition of G-town.

Hoya Saxa!

Posted by: Former Band VP | March 20, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

As a GW alumnus, I hate Georgetown with every fiber of my being.

That said, if their band plays the Eastern Motors theme song, I could be convinced to not hate them with every fiber. Just most of them.

Posted by: Tennessee Curler | March 20, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

This link is better (go to the :53 mark)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4OjKRoXXxM&NR

Posted by: BiGpimpin | March 20, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

What's GW?

Posted by: Gtown Alum | March 21, 2007 10:03 PM | Report abuse

"WG" spelled backwards.

Posted by: Churchwell | March 22, 2007 12:12 AM | Report abuse

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