Georgetown 73, Seton Hall 56
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) _ David Wingate scored 17 points to lead a balanced scoring attack as undefeated and top-ranked Georgetown romped past Seton Hall Wednesday night 73-56 in the Big East Conference opener for both teams.
Patrick Ewing added 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Georgetown before fouling out with 4:57 to play. The seven-foot All-American also blocked five shots.
Joining Wingate and Ewing in double figures for the Hoyas was Bill Martin with 12 and Horace Broadnax and Reggie Williams with 11 apiece. Martin also grabbed 14 rebounds.
Seton Hall’s Andre McCloud led all scorers with 20 points.
The victory raised Georgetown’s record to 12-0. Their two-year winning streak, the longest in the nation, stands at 23.
Seton Hall, which saw a four-game winning streak snapped, falls to 9-3.
The victory continued Georgetown’s mastery over Seton Hall, as the Hoyas marked their 14th successive victory over the Pirates in the last seven years.
The Hoyas, playing without coach John Thompson, who missed the game with the flu, scored the game’s first nine points.
The Pirates finally borke into the scoring column on Martin Salley’s jumper from the top of the key at 15:31.
Seton Hall, which trailed 18-8 midway through first half, took advantage of a Georgetown cold shooting spell to cut the deficit to 23-19 with 4:40 to play in the half. McCloud and Ricky Burton, moving away from the basket and Ewing, combined for eight of the Pirates 10 points, as they outscored Georgetown 10-5.
The Hoyas took off again, however, outscoring Seton Hall 14-6 over the next four minutes to take a commanding 37-25 lead into the dressing room at the half.
The Pirates chances of a comeback were hurt early in the second half as center Mark Bryant, Seton Hall’s only player over 6-foot-6, was forced to the bench with four fouls.
Ewing, taking advantage of the mismatch, stuffed three consecutive offensive rebounds, following missed shots as Georgetown widened its lead to 47-33 five minutes into the half.
In all, Georgetown grabbed 10 offensive rebounds in the second half.