Part of George Scholz's pregame pep talk last night concentrated on making sure his Florida Southern team knew that "Georgetown is a great, great team, but they play the same game as we do."
Less than two hours later, Scholz -- his sense of humor intact -- smiled and said, "Well, maybe they don't."
Four Georgetown players scored in double figures, and the second-ranked Hoyas shot 54 percent from the field in a 71-39 victory before 8,143 at Capital Centre.
Reggie Williams and freshman Perry McDonald led Georgetown (20-2) with 12 points apiece. Horace Broadnax and David Wingate each scored 10 and Patrick Ewing had six blocked shots -- all in the first half.
So, for the eighth straight season, Georgetown under John Thompson has won 20 or more.
The visiting Moccasins (18-5), a highly regarded Division II team that won a national championship in 1981, don't have a player taller than 6 feet 6. A mismatch was apparent as soon as their players were introduced.
"We wanted to play to our potential with poise and composure," Scholz said. "But Georgetown wouldn't let us do that. I don't think they let many teams do that."
The Moccasins made only 26 percent of their shots. Forward John McNulty led his team with 12 points, but needed 18 shots to make four. In all, Florida Southern missed 46 of 62 shots, and was outrebounded, 57-28.
Thompson often uses a midseason game against a weaker opponent to work on things he feels his team must master down the season's homestretch, which in this case begins Saturday at Boston College and continues Monday through another Big East game with Villanova.
The Hoyas worked hard on their full-court offense. Georgetown, playing at a much faster pace than most of Thompson's previous teams, committed 26 turnovers. But Thompson indicated he is feeling better about his team's running offense.
"We still are turning the ball over a lot on our break, but I still want to run," he said.
"We're playing at a hectic pace; we've put our offensive game up two notches . . . It causes me to substitute more people, more frequently. And also, it will cause us probably to have a lot more turnovers. But I'm starting to see some baskets that we're getting at the end of the break, and I'm hoping we can turn it into something positive before it hurts us too much.
"There will be some games, particularly in this stretch now, where it will hurt us," Thompson said. "But I think in the final analysis it will help us."
After an ultraslow start, Broadnax sank a jumper and started a Georgetown run of 12 straight points to a 14-4 lead. Bill Martin scored inside to make it 6-4, and Scholz called time.
When action resumed, Williams dunked, Martin hit a jumper, Williams successfully followed up his own miss, and Martin made another base line jumper. From there, things only grew more lopsided.
After taking a 33-14 halftime lead, the Hoyas scored the first 10 points of the second half.
Point guard Michael Jackson, after missing the Arkansas game Sunday with a sprained ankle, came on in relief to play 16 minutes (no Hoya played more than 23). He made two of three shots, had six assists and two turnovers.
The most telling statistic may have been Georgetown's 13 blocked shots. Freshman Grady Mateen, 6-10, had four.
The 6-6 McNulty, who must have had at least five of his 14 missed shots rejected, or at least rerouted, was asked how it felt to play against Ewing. "For any red-blooded American," he said, "it's a thrill."