Craig Shelton's 1,000th career point was the highlight of an otherwise routine victory as Georgetown routed visiting Northeastern, 85-66, last-night at McDonough Arena.
The 17th-ranked Hoyas (7-1) scored 17 unanswered points midway through the first half to establish a 31-12 lead with 8:36 left before intermission. The Huskies (4-3), ran off the first eight points of the second half, and pulled to within nine at 44-35.
Northeastern traded baskets with the hosts until the score was 50-41 before Georgetown put the contest away with a 17-8 streak, led by five points by Shelton and six apiece by John Duren and sub Jeff Bullis.
"You're not taking about someone walking in here with a bunch of bums, Georgetown Coach John Thompson said. "That's a good basketball team.
"It's a natural tendency (to let down)," Thompson said of a 23-point first-half lead that nearly evaporated. "We were playing too fast. We were coming down and taking the long shots rather than working in for the high-percentage shots, which isn't too smart in that situation (with a big lead)."
With 1:43 remainng, Shelton became the 15th player in Hoya history to score 1,000 points, following a missed Mike Hancock shot with a soaring stuff.
Nineteen seconds later Shelton ducked again on an inside more and added a free throw, bringing his total to 22, which shared game scoring honors with teammate, Eric (Seepy) Floyd.
Thompson cited his shifting of Duren from guard to forward as a main factor in thwarting Northwestern's comeback. In addition to sinking four long jumpers. Duren penetrated for several important rebounds in the second half and finished with 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Floyd was the key to the Hoyas' huge early margin. He scored 14 first-half points on a variety of inside moves and long jump shots. Shelton, Smith and Duren added eight points apiece, combining to convert 11 of 17 shots.
Shelton, who entered the game as the nation's seventh best shooter from the field at 76 per cent, improved that mark. He made four of five shots in each half.