The quality of Georgetown's inside game remained a question tonight after the Hoyas opened their basketball season with a 80-58 victory over Nicholls (La.) State in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout.
In a game in which Georgetown Coach John Thompson deployed his top 10 players in the first nine minutes, the Hoyas took control from the perimeter over a team without a player taller than 6 feet 7, a team playing its first Division I game ever.
"We did play too much from the perimeter," Thompson said, "like we were trying to beat a team with a bunch of guys 10 feet tall. That's what I fussed about at halftime."
Georgetown's guards and small forwards scored 30 of the Hoyas' 39 first-half points, while Jeff Bullis, the starting power forward, and centers Ed Spriggs and Mike Frazier accumulated no points and just two rebounds among them. However, the Hoyas broke on top by 10 points quickly and never were in trouble.
For the game, forward Eric Smith scored a career-high 22 points and guard Sleepy Floyd added 18 and eight rebounds. The Hoya guards and small forwards outrebounded their power forwards and centers for the game.
But, Saturday night's 7 p.m. (EST) semifinal matchup against North Carolina should give the 1980 NCAA quarterfinalists a good barometer of their inside game since freshman Sam Perkins, one of the nation's most highly recuited high-school players, scored 20 points as the Tar Heels defeated host Alaska-Anchorage, 69-50, in the opening game at Fort Richardson's Buckner Fieldhouse.
In the other semifinal of a tournament that includes five 1980 NCAA tournament participants, Arkansas probably will play Louisiana State, which was expected to easily beat Colgate in tonight's final game. Using its quickness, pressure defense and an early panic move by Missouri, the Razorbacks sped to a 40-9 lead and pinned an 81-73 defeat on the Tigers, the highest rated of five ranked teams here.