The Southern Connecticut players joked during their van ride out to Capital Centre that if they weren't careful, they could lose by 80 points.
The Division II Owls played pretty well and still lost by 34 points yesterday. Georgetown flashed the fast break it hopes to use all season and routed Southern Connecticut, 80-46, in front of 5,840.
Georgetown, in its first home appearance since winning the NCAA championship last April, got a career-high 18 points from junior guard Horace Broadnax, 15 from junior swing man David Wingate and 12 from all-America Patrick Ewing.
Southern Connecticut's tallest starter was 6-foot-7 Joe Lucas, and the next tallest was 6-4 Michael Prim. They had no chance under the basket, and the Hoyas held a 41-26 edge in rebounding.
Successive dunks by 7-foot Ewing in the first three minutes of the game gave Georgetown a 12-2 lead, which grew steadily throughout the first half.
"We did what we should have done," Georgetown Coach John Thompson said. "I'm not kidding myself or you. We're superior to that team. But a lot of times teams don't do what they're supposed to do. We could dominate them on the boards, and did."
Georgetown dominated everywhere, especially on defense. They held the Owls to 38 percent shooting and forced 18 turnovers, 11 in the first half, when Georgetown built a 50-23 lead.
Southern Connecticut's Arthur Leary was disappointed that his team was so nervous in the first half, but remained in a good mood for a losing coach.
"This can only help us," Leary said. "We're not going to play anybody better than them the rest of the year. They could beat some teams in the NBA."
Jeff Buckson, a 5-10 guard who led the Owls with 14 points, said, "I had no idea Patrick Ewing was that tall until I took a couple of jump shots and the ball wound up behind me with (the Hoyas') Michael Jackson starting fast breaks."
Jackson, who Thompson thought passed up too many shots in two games in Hawaii, passed up several more yesterday. But each time he seemed to find a teammate closer to the basket than he, and he finished with eight assists (and nine points) in 29 minutes.
Southern Connecticut players agreed that Georgetown was the best team they would play this season, this was the biggest crowd they would see all season and that they will benefit greatly from the experience.
Leary had to try to calm down his players before the game, but afterward Buckson said, laughing, "I know one thing: After playing Georgetown, the rest of the teams on our schedule better watch out. We play Springfield on Monday, and I fell sorry for them. We're gonna take all this out on them."
Buckson was one of several players who held his own. He made seven of 16 shots, all from the outside, and seemed comfortable against Georgetown's changing defenses by the second half.
Prim (12 points) was the only other Owl to finish in double figures and was the only player who dared to take the ball inside to challenge Ewing, 6-11 Ralph Dalton, 6-10 freshman Grady Mateen and 6-8 Ronnie Highsmith.
Georgetown fans got the first look at Highsmith, Mateen and Perry McDonald, a talented 6-4 swing man from New Orleans.
McDonald had six points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 19 minutes. Thompson said of McDonald, "I feel comfortable with him. He has acclimated himself already. He seems to have the comfort level of a sophomore. He plays defenses correctly, and he's in the system."
Thompson, of course, won't put very much stock in one game, especially against a Division II team. "I don't know that we're that good a team yet." he said. "We can become a good team. But we've got to look at the big picture of things."
Ewing, who is always in the big picture, played only 15 minutes. But he scored enough points to move past Derrick Jackson in career scoring. Ewing now trails only Eric Floyd in the Georgetown record book.