Georgetown opened its 1982-83 basketball season in impressive fashion, weathering a hurricane and a blackout in winning two games in Hawaii over the weekend. After a slow start Friday night, the Hoyas came on to beat Brigham Young-Hawaii, 72-51, and Saturday night routed Hawaii-Hilo, 63-37.
Georgetown Coach John Thompson said that, despite all the problems, the trip was beneficial because it allowed the freshmen to get a taste of the hazards of the road. Thompson was pleased with his team's defensive effort and the play of his starting freshmen guards, David Wingate and Michael Jackson.
The Hoyas' full-court pressure forced the outmanned Hawaiian teams into 33 percent shooting from the field and 37 turnovers. Wingate made 14 of 25 shots from the field to emerge as the leading scorer in the two games with a 16.0 average. Anthony Jones made 13 of 17 shots and Jackson was also in double figures with an 1l.5 average.
Hoyas center Pat Ewing, who has a sore left arch, had only one point in the second game and eight in the first. The sophomore did have 16 rebounds and blocked nine shots.
Georgetown will arrive home today and will play Morgan State at Capital Centre Tuesday night. The Hoyas then move on to Western Kentucky for the Wendy's Classic tournament Friday and Saturday.
Meanwhile, Maryland ran into a hurricane called Penn State. The Nittany Lions embarrassed the Terrapins, 97-79, in the season debut for both teams at the Civic Center in Baltimore. Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell was incensed and said had he paid $7 to watch the game, he would "have booed us when we went off the court."
Penn State made nine of 14 three-point shots (19 feet) and 26 of 32 free throws. Maryland's Adrian Branch scored 27 points and had 10 rebounds, but the sophomore and his teammates had difficulty with ball handling and with fouls.
Virginia, George Washington and UDC all had some anxious moments before claiming weekend victories.
Othell Wilson and Ralph Sampson saved some heroics for the final three minutes to help Virginia, ranked first in both preseason polls, stave off Virginia Commonwealth, 69-63, in the Cavaliers' Invitational Tournament title game. It was Virginia's 33rd straight victory at University Hall, tying a school record set in 1916.
George Washington scored its final 11 points from the free throw line in beating Towson State, 80-77.
Michael Britt's layup with 56 seconds left gave UDC a 78-74 victory over St. Augustine's in the Tip Off Tournament title game. The host Firebirds trailed by 16 points in the second half before rallying.
George Mason evened its record at 1-1, easily defeating Division III John Hopkins, 96-58, in the consolation game of the Cavalier Invitational.
In Harrisonburg, Va., James Madison got its season off to a winning start yesterday with a 58-33 victory over Virginia Military.
Nationally, defending NCAA champion North Carolina saw its record fall to 0-2 when Missouri held on for a 64-60 victory Saturday.
In the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, No. 8 Louisville led by 18 with 16 minutes left, but needed six free throws from Milt Wagner in the final minute to defeat Vanderbilt, 80-70, in the final last night. On Saturday, Vanderbilt beat Clemson, 72-63, and Charles Jones and Scooter McCray combined for 28 points to lead Louisville past Washington, 58-47. Yesterday, Washington beat Clemson, 76-66, for third place.
In other weekend games involving top 20 teams, fourth-ranked Kentucky routed Butler, 90-53; No. 5 Villanova, which plays Kentucky Saturday, beat Colgate, 83-63; sixth-ranked Memphis State beat Wyoming, 71-45; ninth-ranked Indiana defeated Ball State, 91-75; 11th-ranked Iowa State stopped Brigham Young, 91-80; 13th-ranked Tennessee beat Biscayne, 84-59; 14th-ranked Houston routed Lamar, 106-72; 17th-ranked Arkansas defeated Southeast Missouri, 74-57; 19th-ranked St. John's beat Ohio, 62-52, and No. 20 Oklahoma lost to Nevada-Las Vegas, 65-54.
American and Howard, looking for immediate help from new players, should get ample opportunity to experiment when they open their seasons tonight at home.
AU will play St. Mary's (Md.) at Fort Myer and Howard plays St. Paul's (Va.) at Burr Gymnasium. Both games will begin at 8 p.m. UDC (2-0) will play at Hampton (1-0) at 8 tonight.