Craig Shelton hit 15 straight Georgetown points in the second half as the Hoyas held off a Houston charge to win the first Nike Cage Classic championship, 78-75, tonight.

Shelton, who had his consecutive field-goal streak stopped at 21 Saturday night, scored 22 points, including nine on clutch free throws as 15th-ranked Georgetown (5-1) survived a scare.

Teammate Eric Floyd, the tournament's most valuable player, led all scorers with 23 points.

The Hoyas held a narrow one-point lead, 76-75, when John Duren was fouled with 21 seconds to play.

Duren missed the first half of a one and one, but Ed Spriggs rebounded and made the clinching basket. Larry Rogers missed a Houston shot with nine seconds to play and Eric Smith grabbed the loose ball as time ran out.

Georgetown had built an eight-point lead midway through the second half, but the Cougars scored four straight field goals to take a one-point lead, 64-63, with five minutes to play.

Larry Micheaux gave Houston its lead on a driving layup, but Micheaux fouled Shelton after the shot and the 6-foot-7 forward connected on both free throws to put the Hoyas ahead to stay.

The Hoyas had a 39-36 halftime lead after five times losing four-point leads.

Floyd connected on five of his first six field goal attempts and scored 13 first-half points.

He scored Georgetown's first seven points of the game as the Hoyas came out shooting well, but Houston used three field goals by freshman Micheaux to seize its biggest lead at 14-11.

The Cougars tied the game at 35-36 on a pair of 35-foot jump shots by senior guard Kenneth Williams before Mike Hancock hit a field goal and Duren a free throw to give Georgetown its halftime edge.

The Hoyas, who ranked fourth nationally with their 58 percent field-goal shooting entering the game, shot 51-8 percent tonight.

Houston managed six more field goals than did Georgetown, but the Hoyas hit 22 free throws to Houston's seven.

"We didn't play our best basketball out here," Georgetown Coach John Thompson said. "But I think it says a lot when you can play the way we did and still win two ball games.

"It's tough when you fly out to Indiana, then fly back to take exams, then fly out here to play this tournament. There was a lot of strain on them, but they kept their control and still won.

Floyd hit 11 of 18 shots, including five straight in the second half.

The sophomore guard scored 13 points in Georgetown's 69-63 over Loyola-Marymount in Saturday's opening round game.

Marymount took tonight's third-place game by defeating ineligibility-depleted New Mexico, 71-70.

Just 2,718 fans attended the championship game, the smallest crowd ever at University Arena here.

Clyde Johnson pumped in 19 second-half points as Loyola-Marymount rallied from a 21-point deficit to nip New Mexico, 71-70, in the third-place game.

New Mexico outscored Loyola, 27-4, during one stretch of the first half to grab a 21-point advantage at 29-8. The Lions battled back to cut the deficit to 13, 33-23, at the half.

Then Johnson, who had gone 0-8 from the floor in the first half, started popping the nets and the Lions closed in on the Lobos.

Loyola, which led once with about six minutes to play in the game and was tied with Lobos two times down the stretch, took the victory with five seconds to go when Johnson hit two free throws.

New Mexico has lost seven players from its original squad through eligibility and transcript problems. The Lobos are playing with four remaining members of the team, a recruit from the football squad and five students walk-ons.