Simply done, No. 17 Georgetown defeated Monmouth (N.J.) College, 82-59, last night before 8,868 at Capital Centre.
Really, it was a homely affair, a miserable mismatch. Not only is Monmouth a Division II team, but it now has a 1-6 record.
After Hoyas center Patrick Ewing scored 15 points and freshmen Michael Jackson and David Wingate both scored 14, and after Georgetown (9-3) pressed the Hawks full court into a 44-27 halftime deficit, Monmouth Coach Ron Kornegay admitted, "It was just an honor to play Georgetown."
Saturday afternoon, though, puff becomes rough for these Hoyas. That is when Georgetown will play No. 7 St. John's, 12-0 and surlier than ever, in its Big East Conference opener at Madison Square Garden. Then, the Hoyas play at No. 9 Syracuse (11-0) Monday night.
"We've been there before," said Bill Martin, the Georgetown forward who scored nine points last night. "We know what it's like. This conference isn't easy."
Georgetown junior guard Fred Brown, who scored eight points and continued to show greater mobility, while overcoming knee problems, said, "We've played a lot of tough teams already. I think we're ready to start this season."
With a touch of determination, Ewing said: "It really doesn't make any difference who we play. We are Georgetown."
The Hoyas trailed, 4-2, two minutes into the game. They scored the next 11 points and 17 of the next 20 points, taking a 19-7 lead with 10:30 left in the half. Excitement hereby bid adieu for the evening.
The key to the streak was Wingate's shooting and the full-court press that would cause Monmouth to make 20 turnovers by rout's end.
The Hoyas' lead stayed in the 20s in the second half. "If we had won, it would have been like Chaminade beating Virginia," said Kornegay.
Hoyas Coach John Thompson said, "The probability of Monmouth beating us is low. But it is not an impossibility."
In all, 11 Hoyas scored , and the team shot 57 percent from the field. Monmouth shot 42 percent from the field. Only guard Gary Carter's 20 points kept the Hawks in the game.
Thompson said he wasn't ready to talk about the Big East just yet. He is, remember, a disciple of the "one game at a time" philosophy.
"We're still guessing at some things that we should be reacting to," Thompson said. "Basically, I was concerned with a lot of different defensive rotations we were making."
Kornegay said, with respect, "John Thompson is my idol."
It was that kind of an evening.