St. Joseph's College of Philadelphia ends a six-day stay in the area tonight with an 8 o'clock basketball match at Georgetown.
"The St. Joe's game will be an extremely tough situation," Georgetown Coach John Thompson said. "They hold the ball. We've got to play well, not make many mistakes."
The Hawks split two games in last week's Maryland Invitational Tournament, slowing the tempo against Maryland sufficiently to force the game into overtime before dropping a six-point decision to the Terps Friday night. That was a highlight of a schizophrenic season that has seen St. Joe's win at Povidence and lose at home to Cathoic en route to a 6-4 mark.
Marcellus (Boo) Williams, a starting forward, is out for four weeks with a torn tendon in his left hand. That will put more pressure on the leading scorer, forward Norman Black (16.3), and 6-foot-8 enter Rob Valderas (8.1).
Georgetown, 9-1, will be shooting for its fifth straight victory over the Hawks and its 21st consecutive success at home in McDonough Arena. The Hoyas won last year's contest in double overtime, 61-55. In that game, Georgetown was without forward Craig Shelton.