No. 23 Georgetown 98, District of Columbia 48 Optional
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) _ Georgetown coach John Thompson typically uses non-conference games during December to tinker with his lineup and find his most effective combinations.
He had plenty of opportunities to do that Saturday as the 23rd-ranked Hoyas routed the University of the District of Columbia 98-48.
″I thought our freshman got valuable playing time,″ Thompson said. ″At this point, you can’t fuss too much. It’s not smart of me to beat them up too much.″
Thompson, whose team includes six freshmen, didn’t have much opportunity to get angry. The Hoyas used full-court press to key a 16-0 first-half run.
With Georgetown leading 6-3, Charles Harrison made a layup to start the streak. After Harrison’s basket, the Hoyas started pressing and forced eight turnovers as they began to run up the score. Robert Church had six points and Alonzo Mourning added five during the run.
Before Greg McCants made a layup and added a free throw with 9:30 left in the half, Georgetown (4-1) had taken a 24-3 lead. The Division II Firebirds (1-4), who went more than seven minutes without scoring, shot 37 percent for the first half.
″We were amazed at Georgetown when they came out and put on pressure defense,″ District of Columbia coach Edward Epps said. ″They are one of the best defensive teams in the country.″
Mourning scored 25 points and Robert Churchwell added 15 for Georgetown. Greg McCants scored 15 points for the District of Columbia.
Georgetown opened the second half with a 10-4 run and took a 55-30 lead with 14:40 remaining. Mourning then added four blocks in a four-minute span.
When Mourning scored on an ally-oop from Harrison with 12:22 left, Georgetown had a 31-point lead.
Robert Church’s layup with 10:12 left gave Georgetown a 40-point advantage, Derrick Patterson’s layup with 2:14 left made it a 92-44 lead and Lonnie Harrell’s dunk with 10 seconds left gave Georgetown a final, 50-point advantage.
Thirteen Hoyas played in the game. The only two who didn’t were Kevin Millen, who has the flu, and Don Reid, who has a thigh injury.