Eric (Sleepy) Floyd was just doing what comes naturally.
When he woke Georgetown (7-4) out of its lethargy, scoring 27 points to lead the Hoyas to a 79-63 victory over La Salle in the consolation game of the Cabrillo Classic at the San Diego Sports Arena tonight, he was merely fulfilling the role he sees for himself on this young team.
"They look for me first on offense," Floyd said. "I feel that's my role on this team. But we have a lot of offensive players who can put the ball in the hole."
Two other teams that have several players who can put the ball in the hole, De Paul and host San Diego, met in the final.
Twice, midway in the first half when the score was tied at 19, and again at the start of the second 20 minutes, Floyd jarred the Hoyas' back into their normal rhythm with a burst of baskets.
"Floyd had a good game offensively tonight without trying to press," said Georgetown Coach John Thompson. "And that's important.
"Floyd is an excellent player," said La Salle Coach Lefty Ervin. "I thought we did everything we could to stop him.It's very difficult to keep him from going to the basket and if you do, he shoots for distance. He's an excellent, very composed player."
The Hoyas switched back and forth between a man-to-man and a zone and bothered La Salle in the second half with full-court pressure.
Georgetown broke open the game late in the first half, leading by 39-29 at intermission and widening the gap to 50-35 early in the second half.