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College basketball's unexpectedly becoming finish

In the embrace of John Thompson, 6-ft. 5-in. Fred Brown seemed unimaginably little, childlike and blameless. For a moment, so did college basketball, which is saying something. These days, a coach or recruiter is considered honest if he has never stolen a stove that's still hot. Then, in one hug last week, there was redemption. The losing coach, Georgetown's mountainous Thompson, wrapped his arms nearly twice around Brown, the Georgetown player who had just thrown a pass and the championship away. As if Brown were on a ledge, Thompson...

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