No. 5 Georgetown 106, Colgate 57
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) _ It took 10 minutes for Georgetown’s high-octane offense to get into gear. Then Allen Iverson made a steal, and a freshman guard did the rest.
Victor Page scored 18 points in his collegiate debut and center Othella Harrington led Georgetown with 21 as the fifth-ranked Hoyas sped past Colgate 106-57 Thursday night in the first round of the Preseason NIT.
Boasting a host of speedy guards, Georgetown coach John Thompson unveiled a much-anticipated high-tempo game. There were several kinks _ turnovers and blown defensive assignments _ in the early going. Colgate had little trouble with the full-court press and led by as many as 9 before a series of plays around the 10-minute mark turned the game around.
After a Colgate basket, Iverson stole the ball in the backcourt and hit the layup to close the score to 21-20 with 9:58 to go in the half. The Red Raiders then had to use a timeout when they couldn’t get the ball inbounds, had trouble getting off a shot, and Harrington came back the other way with a layup to give Georgetown a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
Iverson, who had 11 points and five steals, hit a 3-pointer before leaving the game temporarily with a cut about his left eye, and Page led the offense as the Hoyas finished off a 17-4 run on the way to a 49-39 halftime lead.
A 13-0 run to start the second half put the game away for good. The harried Red Raiders committed 28 turnovers and the Hoyas had 19 steals.
Malik Cupid had 15 points to lead Colgate, which blew any chance of an upset with poor outside shooting over the Hoyas’ match-up zone early in the game.
Georgetown will play Temple in the second round on Saturday.