Georgetown's opponents keep falling apart. Last night, Morgan State became victim No. 3 as the Hoyas defeated the Bears, 91-57, before 9,226 at Capital Centre.
Meanwhile, Georgetown's components keep coming together. Last night, Patrick Ewing provided the umbrella of success (19 points, 11 rebounds, five blocked shots in 26 minutes). Four others, were in double figures: Anthony Jones (14 points), Horace Broadnax (14), Bill Martin (12) and David Wingate (10).
The Hoyas' defense -- branching out from a full-court press -- caused 20 Morgan State turnovers. Ewing was typically terrifying in the middle and Broadnax (four steals) and captain Gene Smith (three steals) kept their hands swiping and blinding Morgan State from base line to base line, turnover to turnover.
The Georgetown lead was 45-26 at the half. Five minutes into the second half, it had grown to 57-30. Five minutes after that the lead was 71-36. The Bears (1-2) thereby departed from contention.
So what did Georgetown Coach John Thompson say, in celebration of his team's 3-0 record, in celebration of his own 11-0 record in home openers, in celebration of flat-out improvement?
"We don't get pleased in December," Thompson said. And, just to keep Hoyas' heads from swelling like Hoyas' leads, Thompson added, "If we're the No. 2 team in the nation, the nation is in a sad state."
In November, John Thompson plays coy. In December, he plays Scrooge. Call me in March is his way.
The Hoyas outrebounded the Bears, 50-30. But Thompson chose to look at the Hoyas' 17 turnovers instead. "It is necessary for us not to be afraid of turnovers. We're in the process of developing a team. We're not there yet," he said.
The players had slightly different views. But only slightly. The coach might be listening.
"Still a ways to go to get where we want to be," said Martin, who had nine rebounds.
"Playing like we're supposed to be playing," said Jones, who had 10 rebounds. Then Jones admitted this is the best the Hoyas have played this season.
"They weren't snapping back on me out there," Ewing said. "I felt I had a good night."
The Hoyas began the game as if they didn't even want to extend their Capital Centre winning streak to 15, including all 12 games last season. Finesse took time last night. Georgetown committed three turnovers on its first four possessions. Then the Hoyas shifted into fast-forward.
When Wingate hit an 18-footer from the left base line five minutes into the game it gave the Hoyas a 9-6 lead. More importantly, the shot began an 11-2 burst that carried Georgetown to an 18-8 lead. Then, the lead kept growing and growing and growing.
That the Bears even remained in the game at all is a tribute to their verve and their outside shooting. They were shooting 54 percent from the field after two games. Constantly under pressure -- and under Ewing -- the Bears shot 36 percent from the field last night. Only forward Yarharborough Roberts, who scored 18 points, had any real success.
Naturally, the locker room talk began to swirl about Dec. 11. That is the night of Georgetown versus Virginia, No. 1 versus No. 2, Ewing versus Ralph Samson, hype vs hype . . . you know the rest.
When someone told Ewing it was T-minus 11 until Sampson comes to town, he responded, "Let's not talk about Virginia. We'll talk about Virginia on Dec. 10."
And Thompson said, "All you hear is 'Virginia! Virginia! Virginia!' " Thompson said all the commotion has given him the opportunity to teach his players a few things. Poise and such. Then he added, "We could win that (Virginia) game and lose the rest of the games and I'd be pretty disappointed."
This must be December.