For the second straight game, Georgetown faced a slowdown-oriented foe Saturday night at McDonough Arena -- but this time the 12th ranked Hoyas switched tactics to romp to a 73-50 victory over Samford.
The Hoyas, who had a 20-game home win streak snapped by a St. Joseph's slowdown earlier in the week, used a press to force Samford into eight quick turnovers in the first nine minutes of the second half, went on a 35-6 scording beinge and rolled to their 10th victory in 12 games.
Hoya guards John Duren and Eric Floyd combined to make 12 straight shots as Georgetown pulled from a 23-23 intermission tie to a 58-29 lead.
"We had to get fired up," said Hoya Coach John Tompson, who had been unhappy with Georgetown's lethargic play in the opening half.
"The way we played was two different parts of the spectrum. It was the best we've played after playing so poorly," Thompson added when compared his team's performance in each half.
Duren, who hit 11 of 13 shots, led all scorers with 23 points and added six assists and three steals. Floyd finished with 19 points.
Two other locals were not as fortunate: Catholic and Navy each abosorbed losses on the road.
Ren Watson, the nation's 10th-leading rebounder, picked off only eight against the Cardinals, but scored a game-high 21 points to lead Virginia Commonwealth to a 71-62 victory in the consolation of the Siena Invitational Tournament. Catholic, now 2-10, got 20 points from freshman center Mike Neville.
Don Graham's only basket of the game came with eight seconds remaining and lifted host St. Francis, Pa., to a 52-51 victory over Navy. Chuck Greene, who led all scorers with 18 points, had given the Mids a one-point lead 12 seconds earlier.
Kevin Sinnett added 13 points for Navy (6-5) but the Mids' leading scorer took only nine shots.
Keith Lewis scored 23 points and Andre Gaddy added 20 to lift George Mason to a 92-85 victory over host Campbell (N.C.) College.
Larry Spriggs scored 28 points to pace Howard to a 91-71 romp over Delaware in the consolation game of the Fairfield (Conn.) Boys Club Classic. The hot-shooting Bison (55 percent) got 14 points and 10 rebounds from center Dorian Dent and 18 points from guard Louis Wilson to up their mark to 8-3.
Third-ranked North Carolina outscored visiting Virginia 11-1, over the final 2 1/2 minutes of the second overtime to notch an 86-74 Atlantic Coast Conference victory.
Jeff Lamp and Lee Raker sparked a 14-0 Cavalier rally midway through the second half that brough them back from a 13-point deficit and allowed the visitors to end regulation in a 62-62 tie.
Mike O'Koren led North Carolina with 22 points; Lamp scored a gamehigh 25.
Gene Banks and Mike Gminski evenly split 44 points to lead fifth-ranked Duke to a 74-64 victory over Tulane in a doubleheader in Raleigh, N.C. Dunbar High's Joe Holston scored 11 points for the Green Wave in a losing effort.
Eighth-ranked North Carolina State handed No. 15 Long Beach State (8-2) its second loss of the week to an ACC team, 100-73, in the other game in Raleigh. Tiny Pinder scored 21 and Clyde Austin 17 for the Wolfpack.
No. 11 Indiana State, 14th-ranked Arkansas and unranked Temple all remained unbeaten with victories. Larry Bird's 32-point 20-rebound binge led the Sycamores to a 98-77 victory over West Texas State; Sidney Moncrief's three-point play with 41 seconds left capped a furious Razorback comeback from a 21-point deficit and paced Arkansas to a 62-61 victory over host Houston: Keith Parham sank a layup with six seconds left to lift Temple (11-0) to a 74-73 decision over host St. John's.
American (8-4) will attempt a feat that hasn't occurred in the last 36 games -- beating Syracuse on its home court -- tonight at 8 p.m.
Forward Dale Shackleford leads four Orange (9-2) double-figure scorers with a 20-point average. The Eagles will rely on the double-threat play of sophomore forward Boo Bowers (21.4 point per game) and guard Stan Lamb (24.2).
Elsewhere, Virginia Tech tries to recover from its first loss of the season after nine victories in an 8 p.m. tilt at St. Bonaventure; Dundalk visits Prince George's at 6:30, and Montgomery-Rockville plays at Hagerstown, 8.