Georgetown which soundly defeated three of last year's NCAA tournament participants in its last three games begins a steady diet of softies tonight with St. Mary's College (Md.) at McDonough Gymnasium at 8.

With the exception of the Wolf Pack Classic next week, Georgetown (5-0) should have no trouble over the next weeks rolling up the victories and rising in the national polls. The Hoyas are ranked 16th in the AP poll and 15th by UPI.

Following the holiday tournament in Reno, Georgetown will play its next seven games at home before meeting tough Penn on national television.

Off to their best start since the 1969-70 season and looking for their 18th straight win at home the Hoyas should get a good chance to play many of their unseasoned players against St. Mary's (5-3).

The Hoyas have four starters averaging in double figures. Freshman Eric Floyd leads the parade with a 17.8 mark. The team is shooting 81.7 percent from the free throw line, the second-best figure among the Division I schools. Georgetown also is ranked 15th in the nation in defense, giving up only 60.6 points per game.

St. Mary's, coming off a 105-87 loss to American Wednesday night, is led by guard Robert Hill (18.1 points.)

Maryland (4-2) shoots for its third straight win tonight when it hosts East Carolina (3-4) at Cole Field House, 8 o'clock.

Howard (5-1) will be looking for its fourth consecutive win when it meets Colgate (3-4) in Hamilton, N.Y., at 7:30. It will be the first meeting between the two schools.