Louis Lloyd, the nation's second-leading Division 1 scorer in basketball, will be on display tonight when Georgetown (8-2) plays Drake (7-1) in an 8 o'clock game at McDonough Arena.
Both Georgetown and George Washington, which plays 5-3 Morehead State at 8, will open the new year at home while Maryland, 8-1 and apparently rolling with the return of center Buck Williams, travels to Atlanta for an 8 p.m. Atlantic Coast Conference game against 3-5 Georgia Tech (WTTG-TV-5).
Lloyd, a 6-foot-6 junior from Philadelphia via New Mexico JC, trails High and Eastern Kentucky University. Lloyd has a 30.4 point average, after a season-low 20 in Drake's 77-66 loss to unbeaten Iowa on Saturday.
He is a stong inside player, shooting 61 percent from the field and aveaging 14 rebounds per game, and will test a Georgetown defense that was highly vulnerable inside in a 75-74 loss to Boston College in the ECAC Holiday Festival semifinals.
Georgetown played a lot of zone in that second defeat of the season. Hoyas Coach John Thompson says he wants to play more man-to-man defense as the season progresses, but that it depends on the emergence of his team's depth so he can shuttle in fresh players.
Tonight's game is likely to be a fast paced one.Drake is averaging more than 93 points a game, including 17 by guard Rodney (Pop) Wright of Baltimore. Until the Iowa game, Drake had not played on the road, with its best triumph an 82-81 squeaker over Oral Roberts in which Lloyd scored 37 points and pulled down 17 rebounds.
A spokesman for Thompson reports that Hoya center Ed Spriggs, who has been troubled by a stiff back recently, has practiced with his teammates since their return from New York.
Meanwhile, at GW tonight, the Colonials are a somewhat surprising 4-2. However, they have not played a game in 12 days. Coach Bob Tallent said he put his team through some two-a-day workouts recently and the players responded well.
A preholiday complaint by Tallent was that his players had not practiced hard consistently and then wondered why they played that way in games. He apparently corrected that situation with a four-hour "good, old-fashioned butt-kicking" practice before the team's last game.
Reserves Jimmy Stepp, Oscar Wilmington and Paul Gracza provided the impetus for the 86-78 victory at Richmond. Tallent, however, said he will stick with the starting lineup from that game, which includes Juco transfer Curtis Smith at small forward.
Morehead is a well-balanced team, with 6-7 guard Charlie Clay leading four Eagles in double figures. Their best win was a 68-67 triumph at East Tennessee.
Maryland's game with Georgia Tech is a rematch. The Yellow Jackets are having a rough trip in their first ACC season and already have an 0-3 conference record, including a 70-60 loss to Maryland two weeks ago.
Albert King, shooting a phenomenal 59 percent from the floor, is leading the Terps with a 21.7 points per game average. He is followed by Ernest Graham at 18.7. Graham also leads the team in rebounding with a 9.6 per game average.
The Terps are shooting 54 percent from the floor, although they played weak competition in December.
Georgia Tech, which looked horrendous at College Park, is led in scoring by Brooke Steppe at 20.6 a game and Lenny Horton with 18.3.