Early in the first half of last night's St. Leo-Georgetown game, a small fire near a light pole outside McDonough Arena caused several transformers to short-circuit and extinguish some of the lights in the building.
At the time, St. Leo, a Division II team with no player taller than 6 feet 6, was trailing, 14-0, and probably hoping the officials would decide the lighting was inadequate and call the game. No such luck ensued and the Hoyas frolicked to an 83-37 victory before 3,809 fans.
Freshman Bill Martin scored 21 points and had nine rebounds for Georgetown, which recorded its third straight rout and raised its record to 4-2. The Hoyas' other highly touted freshmen, Anthony Jones and Patrick Ewing, contributed their share. Jones scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds and Ewing, with four dunks, had 11 points and nine rebounds.
In tuning up for their annual game against Northwest D.C. neighbor American on Saturday, the Hoyas held the Monarchs (1-4) scoreless on their first 13 possessions in taking the 14-0 lead. Eric Floyd, who made all 11 of his field goal attempts in his team's 35-point triumph over St. Leo here last year, had six quick points and Ewing and Eric Smith accounted for the other four baskets.
"There's nothing to be gained from a game like this," said St. Leo Coach Gary Richert.
The Monarchs, who lost the ball 16 times, nine on Hoya steals, made only five of 25 field goal tries and were outrebounded, 27-13, in the first half.
In between the few Monarch scores, Georgetown was getting easy baskets from nine players in assuming a commanding 46-10 halftime lead. That was the fewest points scored in a half against the Hoyas since New England College managed 14 in '77.
"The fans look at the score and wonder what we're getting out of a game like this," Hoya Coach John Thompson said. "I look at it as a good opportunity to play Martin and Jones a lot and work on different defenses. We could've beaten them much worse but there's nothing to gain from that. We backed off the second half."
St. Leo made only 30 percent from the floor (16 of 53). The Monarchs' two big men, 6-6 Dennis Prue and Tim Lovett, fouled out and took with them a combined four points and four rebounds. Only guard Duane Mlachnik had a clue offensively, making eight long jump shots to finish with 19 points, 17 coming in the second half.