Georgetown supershooter Eric (Sleepy) Floyd recently told a national magazine reporter, "I know there's going to be a game when I don't miss." Last night, Floyd was one foul shot away from fulfilling that prophecy.
The junior preseason all-America pick hit 11 of his field goal attempts and two of three free throws for 24 points in 22 minutes of Georgetown's 108-73 blowout of winless St. Leo of Florida.
Thanksgiving feasts may have been last week for most, but for highly ranked teams like Georgetown (No. 20) the month of December is the time for fattening records with teams like St. Leo, which would have trouble defeating some of the area's tougher high school teams.
The Hoyas were never in trouble in winning their 13th consecutive home opener, to the delight of 4,004 fans in McDonough Arena. They evened their record at 2-2 after playing the first three games in the Great Alaska Shootout.
"This is the kind of game we should have started the season with, instead of Alaska," said Hoya Coach John Thompson, who watched his team drop two contests against nationally ranked North Carolina and Louisiana State.
"Winning is satisfaction, but there are some things we have to work on, like motion in our offense," Thompson said. "We moved the ball well at times tonight, but if we can't fast break against St. Leo, we're going to have trouble against other people."
Thompson was more satisfied with the performance of Floyd, one of the nation's top guards, who, everyone agreed, tried to do too much in the Alaska competition.
"Tonight, I let the shot find me, instead of going out of the context of our offense to create or find shots," said Floyd.
"I told Eric he would score more if we helped him in the context of our offense, instead of him trying to do it all himself," Thompson said. "If Eric tries to get his points off the dribble, he becomes the focus of attention. I told him to go away from the ball, let the big men set some picks for him, come off the screen and then go straight up with the jump shot."
Credited with setting most of those screens was 6-foot-9, 240-pound center Ed Spriggs. "Sleepy was working too hard in Alaska at bringing the ball down and working around the perimeter," Spriggs said. "I didn't have too many chances to set picks for him. But he can't miss shooting off screens. And I don't mind settng picks."
Floyd shot only 42 percent in the Alaska Shootout, averaging 17.3. Last night's performance lifted his percentage to 52. The Hoyas shot 61 percent from the field and 80 percent at the free throw line, where they shot 40 times to Leo's 10.
Leo, led by guard David Murray's 24 points on 10-for-21 shooting, and forward Kevin McDonald's 16 -- most of them in the second half -- was totally outmanned. McDonald was their tallest starter at 6-6, making it easier for the Hoyas to out-rebound the Monarchs, 44-25.