Ed Spriggs' 14 points propelled Georgetown to a 59-42 lead before intermission and the Hoyas coasted thereafter while crushing St. Leo of Florida, 117-68, last night at McDonough Arena.
Georgetown (3-0) dominated the boards, 39-20, as the Monarchs were without their top scorer and tallest player. Kevin McDonald, 6-foot-6 junior center, missed the team bus to the airport.
St. Leo, resembling a junior varsity team compared to the Hoyas, committed 10 turnovers in its first 20 possesions.
The Hoyas' pressure man-to-man defense forced many of the errors, and the patient Georgetown offense consistently worked the ball inside for easy scores.
"We gave up too many points in the first half and I was concerned with our concentration," said Hoya Coach John Thompson. "They shot a high percentage in the first half (17 of 27) and I felt we needed to make some adjustments."
Thompson need not have worried. With Spriggs making all four of his first-half shots and Eric Floyd contributing 10 points, Georgetown sank 23 of 31 attempts from the floor and 13 of 14 free throws in the first half. The Monarchs got 12 points and four assists from David Murray.
The halftime rest didn't held the Monarchs. They lost the ball five times in the opening 5:40 of the second half while the Hoyas reeled off 15 unanswered points.
Duren's 14 points made him Georgetown's fourth all-time leading scorer.
With 12:50 to go, the Hoyas had galloped ahead, 80-49.