Once again, Goliath was Goliath.
In 32 minutes of supremacy, Georgetown's 7-foot Patrick Ewing scored 22 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked four shots last night.
Such gargantuan wrath sent simple Seton Hall scurrying off in defeat, as the No. 15 Hoyas fast-broke to a 71-48 Big East Conference victory before 10,316 at Capital Centre.
Ewing made nine of 11 shots from the field, including one no-look over-the-shoulder slam that defied mortal dunkdom. Ewing also made Georgetown advance to its fifth straight victory, 14-4 overall, 5-1 in the Big East.
And furthermore, he made Seton Hall (3-14, 0-8) miserable.
"I didn't play as well as I could," said Ewing, six inches taller than Seton Hall's tallest starter.
Seton Hall first-year Coach P.J. Carlesimo found perspective hiding underneath his team's eighth straight loss, saying, "We are not big. We are not physical. That is not a very good combination."
Shockingly enough, Seton Hall began the game with a cool efficiency. "But we've done that before," Carlesimo bemoaned.
When Seton Hall freshman Andre McCloud, from Washington's H.D. Woodson High School, scored on a slam dunk with 7:10 left in the first half, the Pirates had their biggest lead of the game, 24-16.
Perhaps it was fitting that McCloud was charged with a technical on the play, for grabbing the rim. Georgetown's Michael Jackson (11 points) made the free throw and the Hoyas were off on a 14-0 stretch that produced a 30-24 Georgetown lead with 2:11 left in the half.
Bugged by the Hoyas' full-court press, Seton Hall didn't score a field goal in the final seven minutes of the half. Two Kevin Boyle free throws 1:10 before the half, brought mercy to these Pirates, also bringing them within 30-26 at halftime.
The Hoyas continued the full-court press at the beginning of the second half, a half in which Seton Hall shot 26 percent. The Pirates shot just 31 percent in the game. Ewing kept scoring from inside, turning high lobs into so many high fives that celebrated his vicious dunks.
An 11-2 Georgetown streak at the start of the second half and the Hoyas led, 41-28, with 14:10 left.
After that, the Georgetown lead hopped on Ewing's back and skied into the high altitudes. "They just don't have the horses," Georgetown Coach John Thompson began his postgame assessment.
Turning to the stratospheric subject of Ewing, Thompson said, "Pat can do far more than people give him credit for, playing with two or three guys around him. It will be a beautiful thing to watch next year."
Georgetown forward Anthony Jones made his first appearance in a month. With his recuperated left elbow wrapped in a bandage, Jones scored three points in 14 minutes. He was just one for seven from the field and one for three from the free throw line that has caused him so much trouble (two for 19 now).
Now, the Hoyas are tied with Villanova (5-1), trailing St. John's (7-1) in the Big East. With the soft underbelly of the conference schedule behind them, the Hoyas now prepare for Boston College Saturday. Villanova, St. John's and Syracuse follow. It gets tougher from here.
"I try not to look too far down the line," said Thompson. In the true spirit of realism, he added, "We're more concerned scouting our own team."