Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Georgetown University was never seriously challenged Saturday night as the Hoyas opened their basketball season with an easy 79-54 romp past over-matched Bowie State at McDonough Gym.
The Hoyas, enjoying a height advantage at every position, shot 54 percent, held a 12-rebound advantage and made 13 more free throws than the visitors.
But Georgetown Coach John Thompson was not entirely satisfied with the play of the Hoyas.
"We've got to get a lot better, we've got to run a lot better," Thompson said. "Starting with young players is sort of hard on me - I've got to be patient, which is tough when I've been used to seeing the same faces for so many years until now."
But Thompson was pleased with some of the new faces, specifically citing the performance of his two freshman Erics: Floyd and Smith.
Floyd sank five of nine shots and Smith three of four as the Hoyas patiently worked for shots against the Bulldogs' 2-3 zone. Smith added a pair of steals as he played both guard slots plus the small-forward position. Floyd quarterbacked the team well. "Our freshmen have got to help us immediately," Thompson said. The coach added he was pleased overall with his newcomers, five of whom saw action.The other, Jeff Bullis, did not dress for the game because of a shoulder injury.
The Hoyas scored the first two points of the game on center Tom Scates' dunk, allowed the Bulldogs to tie, and then got a basket from guard Steve Martin to go ahead for good.
Scates, anchoring the Hoya zone with his 6-foot-11 bulk, blocked four of the shorter Bulldogs' shots in the first half. Bowie's tallest starter was 6-5. The Bulldogs did have a couple of 6-9 players on the beach, but that is where they spent most of the game.
"Tommy will have to play because he blocks up the middle," Thompson said. "He can hurt a zone, because by sheer size (245 pounds), he absorbs a lot of attention so that Craig Shelton and Martin can work in close. We'll use Scates even if he doesn't score a point."
But the big guy connected on all three of his short field-goal attempts in the first half and pulled down six rebounds. Martin scored 10 points and Shelton added nine to pace the Hoyas to a $7-20 lead at intermission.
Things got no better for the visitors in the second half as the effensive rebounding of Martin and Shelton continually gave Georgetown second and third shots.
Georgetown held a 23-point lead six minutes into the half - many of the points coming off steals and turnovers by the Bulldogs, who were unable to solve the Hoya zone press.
"We will press all game like we've done in the past," Thompson said, "but it was a shame to have to continue to press Bowie State after we had that big lead."