If last night's Georgetown versus University of the District of Columbia game had been edible, it would have been served with dressing one Thursday in late November. Anyone still watching the late stages of the locally televised mismatch must have wished it would be pre-empted by "Heidi."
The Hoyas (9-1) had absolutely no trouble at McConough Arena enroute to a 96-56 rout in the first meeting between the schools.
Eric Floyd and Steve Martin scored 15 points apiece to lead six Hoya double-figure scorers. GU's bench played 124 of 200 possible minutes, finishing with 10 fewer points than UDC.
"There are going to be humiliating aspects anytime a school is trying to upgrade its program," said Hoya Coach John Thompson. "We suffered birth pains just like they are currently experiencing when we (Georgetown) were first getting started."
The newly named Firebirds found their flame doused and wings clipped from the very beginning, as they put themselves into hole by choosing to shoot 25-foot jumpers over Georgetown's collapsing man-to-man defense.
UDC guard Barry Frazier, the leading Firebird scorer (22.3), made only three of 14 shots in the first half and his team was 12 of 34.
John Duren and Floyd combined for 11 points as Georgetown scored the game's first 15. On its first nine possessions, UDC missed seven shots, had two turnovers and lost the ball on a Hoya steal to establish a game-long trend.
The Firebirds got their first bucket with 4:14 elapsed. With the count 23-8, Thompson mercifully put in his second string of four freshmen and a junior. That quintet began misfiring, allowing the visitors (4-7) to close the gap to 28-20.
Thompson's mercy then ended. He called time, methodically pulled each of his starters to his feet and returned them to action. They closed out the half with a 25-7 streak to make it 53-27.
On two occasions that half, Thompson angrily yelled at his players when they made flashy, one-on-one plays.
"Our purpose was not to humiliate them," Thompson said. "Georgetown suffered humiliations a few years back-teams were showing off while killing us. That just makes you angry. We were obviously superior. There was no need to rub it in their faces."
Thompson attributed the difference in the teams to the inside play-the Hoyas had a 56-30 edge in rebounds-and was quick in his praise of Frazier and Weldon Parham, the UDC guards Frazier warmed up to finish with a game-high 18 points and Parham made six of nine shots, most from 25 to 30 feet, for 16 points.
Hoya freshman forward Jeff Bullis was impressive in his 20 minutes, scoring 13 points and pulling down a game high of 12 rebounds. CAPTION: Picture, Maryland freshman forward Buck Williams grabs a defensive rebound from USC's Purvis Miller in first-half action. By Richard Darcey-The Washington Post