Georgia's muscular Bulldogs crushed outmanned St. Leo's, 77-55 last night in the first game of the Hoya invitational at Georgetown University.
Georgia (2-1), led by a pair of 6-foot-10 enforcers - Lucius Foster and Laven Mercer - will face the winner of last night's Georgetown vs. Xavier (La.) University game at 9 p.m. today in the championship game.
Foster scored 21 points and had 15 rebounds as Georgia built a 42-24 half-time lead and never had a hint of a problem from tame, thin St. Leo's.
"I've got some of the skinniest tail guys in the world," exaggerated Georgia coach John Guthrie, who must not have looked lately at the muscles on his 215-to235-pound big men. "We looked pretty good tonight, but it's all relative. We play in a mighty tough conference (the SEC)."
The Bulldogs have five double-figure scorers back from last year's 6-18 team that beat Tennessee and scared both Kentucky and Alabama before losing by four points.
"You wonder why my hair is already gray," said Guthrie, 37. "If Jackie Dorsey hadn't turned pro he'd be a senior this year and then we really might have something."
St. Leo's didn't want Georgia to be any tougher than what they saw last night. Georgia owned the boards, 36-18, and got off more shots, 63-42. Only the hot 11-for-15 shooting of St. Leo's Manny Correa (24 points) kept the Bulldogs within sight.