Edward Bennett Williams, president of the Redskins, and Bob Ferry, general manager of the Bullets, showed up last night for Georgetown University's basketball game against Southern.
"I figured I wanted to break my streak," said Williams, a Georgetown Law School alumnus, as the Hoyas rolled to a 97-58 victory over the tiny New Orleans branch campus of Southern U. "I come out when the kids are home from school."
"I thought it was Southern of Baton Rouge," said Ferry, who left at halftime, "and they have two of the top 10 scorers in the country.
"But sometimes it's better to watch kids in this kind of a game, because they play naturally. It's a good game to see the kids who have intensity all the time. I don't think you have any intensity problem with John Duren."
In winning their 19th straight at McDonough gym, the highly ranked Hoyas played hard and Coach John Thompson got the opportunity he wanted to give his young players as much playing time as he could. One Duren play was typical of the way the Hoyas improved their record to 8-1.
Georgetown already had the contest well in control, 25-12, midway in the first half. Duren, applying heavy presure on Southern's Nathaniel Lang near midcourt, knocked the ball away. Then, he darted around the Southern player, diving for the ball, which squirted loose toward the Georgetown basket.
Duren regained his footing, again going for the ball, now to the right of the lane. Again he dived for it, finally controlling it. He flipped the basketball to Terry Fenlon, who passed to Craig (Big Sky) Shelton for a dunk.
Georgetown's younger players emulated their point guard and eight Hoyas finished with at least eight points, lead by guard Eric (Sleepy) Floyd's 16 in only 20 minutes. Ed Spriggs, a 6-9 freshman center, had a career high of 13 points and nine rebounds in 15 minutes.
Thompson was pleased.
"You want them to play with intensity at all times," Thompson said. "If you play a certain way and continue to do it in all games, you'll do well."
The toughest early part of the Hoyas schedule is behind them now. Victories over Maryland, Indiana, St. Bonaventure and St. John's was a start that surprised even Thompson. Only four players, all starters, returned from last year's team.
The Hoyas scheduled seven straight home games, starting last night against a team coached by Cirilio Manego, Hoya captain Steve Martin's high school mentor, and described in yesterday's Washington Post as "the first of seven cupcakes."
The reference to cupcakes disturbed Thompson, he said, because three of the teams are traditional Georgetown rivals-St. Joseph's, Manhattan and Fordha,. That homestand also includes a Saturday game against the Univefsity of the District of Columbia.
"Our success has become our enemy," Thompson said. "If we were 4-4, and we could have been, nobody would say they're cupcakes. We have created that through our efforts. You can't schedule the kids out of their confidence and play Marylands and Indianas every night. Nobody does."
hompson, the consultant on urban affairs for the university's president, Rev. Timothy Healy, said Saturday's game against the University of The District of Columbia was scheduled, partly because of Healy's interest, to help the new UDC off the ground, especially in academic areas.
"It's a good way for the oldest school in town welcoming the youngest school in town," Thompson said. "I think, too, that if you properly believe in sports, that if one game can't be used to do something that is not solely competitive, then what the heck are we all doing in this?"
Thompson reiterated that he is willing to play any major Division I school on a home-and-home basis, with Georgetown using Capital Centre as its home court.