Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Georgetown University, riding high from its triumphs in the Holiday Festival Tournament and its appearance in the national polls, treated North Carolina Central to a 107-51 clinic in the fine arts of basketball last night at McDonough Gymnasium.
As 2,895 happy fans watched, the Hoyas won their ninth of 11 games, establishing a school mark for largest margin of victory (previous mark - 51). Ed Hopkins scored career-high 29 points and Craig Esherick, in his first start in four years, pumped in 18 points, collected eight rebounds and made six assists.
GU coach John Thompson, who admitted he was concerned the team might let down after beating Holy Cross and Alabama in New York, nevertheless took the opportunity to rest Derrick Jackson (bruised leg) and Al Dutch (flu).
"I wanted to rest them both, but if I had to use them, I would have," said Thompson. "We were very smooth out there and we were able to allow several people to gain some playing time."
Esherick and Felix Yeoman, in particular, took full advantage of their career-high minutes played. Yeoman, who followed two seasons abbreviated by injuries with a junior year in which he averaged 1.4 points, played 29 minutes, making all four shots he took and pulling down five rebounds.
"I didn't play at all in New York, but I know my role and I try to be prepared to fill it when I'm called," said Yeoman. "I got to play quite a bit and tried to do the things I do best - like rebound."
Esherick played 35 minutes and admitted he had idea "playing so long could be so tiring."
"It's the first time I started and I was a bit nervous," said Esherick, the zone buster for the Hoyas. "I didn't shoot well (eight of 24), but I felt relaxed because I knew I was going to play awhile."
If Esherick had butterflies, he never showed them. After a game-opening slam dunk by Craig Shelton, Esherick sank two jump shots and the Hoyas took a 6-0 lead.
Hopkins, with a two-inch height advantage over Central's tallest player, dropped in 15 points. Shelton added 11 and Esherick and John Duren shipped in with 10 each to give GU a 54-24 lead at the half.
The Hoyas shot 67 per cent in the first 20 minutes and easily controlled the backboards.
"You can't go out there and take it easy because it's not an Alabama or a St. John's you're playing," said Shelton. "On a given night, they could beat us, too. We have to be prepared for everyone we play."
The Hoyas host St. John's Saturday and if the Redmen had scouts present, they had plenty to report.
GU showed a good passing attack, a well-executed press and intimidating force in the middle. On more than one occasion, NCC players passed up short jump shots rather than watch the Hoyas' 6-foot-11 Tom Scates bat the ball into the third row. Scates even aded a bit of zest to the festivities with his customary one-hand-over-the-head sl am dunk.