As they regain their breath from a 70-66 overtime victory over Western Kentucky and hold their breath for Saturday's duel with No. 1 Virginia, there have been some problems for Georgetown's basketball players. Some perplexities, too.
First, the Hoyas have been averaging 20 turnovers a game. And four of the five opponents--Brigham Young-Hawaii, Hawaii-Hilo, Morgan State and St. Francis (Pa.) College--haven't been spotted in any top 20 polls, either.
The offense, led by Patrick Ewing's 13.6 points per game and his 68 percent shooting percentage, has been running, running, running.
"We've scored a lot off the transition game," said Coach John Thompson, whose second-ranked and 5-0 team will play Alabama State Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Capital Centre. But when the Hoyas have tried to flow into their half-court offense, "we get impatient," Thompson said.
The team is shooting 54 percent from the field, which is good. The team is also shooting 56 percent from the foul line, which is perplexing. Anthony Jones is one for 11 from the line; freshman Horace Broadnax is two for seven.
Meanwhile, junior guard Fred Brown has been practicing with the team for three weeks, but Thompson says he isn't sure when Brown's knee problems will allow him to play.
"Soon," Thompson says, but he won't be more specific. Thompson speaks similar words about 6-foot-8 freshman forward David Dunn, recovering from a stress fracture in his right fibula.
Of course, the Hoyas' good points have been rolling up like their game points. Ewing has been downright dominant. The defense, which hounded opponents into shooting 41 percent from the field last year, has been even better this year: opponents now are shooting 36 percent from the field.
Gene Smith, the junior guard/captain, has 11 steals. The three freshmen guards -- David Wingate (13.4 points), Broadnax (8.8 points) and Michael Jackson (8.6 points) -- have shown they aren't afraid to shoot or to make mistakes.
And sophomore forward Bill Martin seemingly has become the power forward the Hoyas need to help keep Ewing from getting surrounded, then beaten on by so many opposing elbows. Martin is averaging 10 points and eight rebounds per game.