Same old Georgetown.
"We can be as good as we want to be," is how sophomore forward Bill Martin put it.
Last night, the Hoyas wanted to be pretty good. Make that very good.
The Hoyas defeated Cibona of Yugoslavia, 73-47, in an exhibition game at McDonough Arena. A 31-4 stretch, generated by a strong full-court press, consumed 10 minutes of the second half and improved the Georgetown lead from 40-36 to 71-40 with 3:47 left.
And that was that.
"I wasn't disappointed," said Coach John Thompson, ever the preseason skeptic.
Patrick Ewing scored 16 points and got 12 rebounds in 23 minutes. He scored 10 points in a 70-second stretch, including two three-point plays, the second of which made it 65-40 with 6:25 left. Ewing slightly injured his foot late in the first half and he got into a slight shoving match late in the game with one of the Cibona players.
"It was no big deal," Thompson said of the shove. Neither was the foot injury.
But this was not so much a night for Gene Smith (four steals), who played the thief in the press that suffocated Cibona.
"I love to press," Smith, the team captain, said afterwards.
Nor was it so much a night for Ewing or for Martin (10 points), the men who drove the getaway car in that second-half stretch. "I know about Patrick and Gene, and Bill," Thompson said. "I'm not worried about them."
Rather, it was the night for the freshmen: forwards David Wingate (13 points) and Victor Morris (two points) and guards Michael Jackson (eight points) and Horace Broadnax (four points).
"This was the time to throw the freshman in the water," said Thompson, "and let them swim. Better they be nervous now than later in the year."
The play of the game came with two minutes left in the first half. Cibona trailed, 25-24, and was attempting to take its only lead of the game. They didn't succeed.
Broadnax stole the ball, heaved it downcourt to Jackson, who lobbed the ball to the charging Ewing, who finished off this concerto with a slam dunk. Three-quarters-full McDonough went bonkers.
"The freshmen didn't know they were starting until two minutes before the game," said Thompson. "I wanted them to get a little nervous tonight."
Same old Thompson. The nerves didn't seem to show in the freshmen. Same old Georgetown.