After four road victories -- three by a margin of 34 points or more -- the sixth-ranked Georgetown Hoyas will play their first home game of the basketball season Wednesday night in Capital Centre against New Mexico.
"We're ready to get home and play some games in a gray uniform," Georgetown guard Michael Jackson said. "We're tired of the blue uniforms."
It will be Georgetown's second 1985-86 area appearance, having played at George Mason earlier. But if every game were as easy as Friday's 77-30 victory over Grambling State, the Hoyas probably wouldn't mind playing every game on the road. Against Grambling, the Hoyas led, 22-2, after seven minutes.
In a game in which Georgetown was ahead by 49 points with seven minutes remaining, every Hoya played a considerable amount. Three of those who had the most playing time were sophomore Perry McDonald and freshmen Johnathan Edwards and Jaren Jackson. The three were playing their first collegiate game in their native state. All are from New Orleans, 250 miles away.
More important than playing close to home was the experience they gained. "I think it's very important for me to get the younger kids involved and playing in the system," Georgetown Coach John Thompson said. "But I'm so pessimistic, it's hard to tell what I want them to do at this point. They probably think they are playing awful. But I'm satisfied -- as far as satisfaction can be in December."
"I think they (the freshmen) are coming along terrific," said Jackson, a senior. "A lot faster than freshmen have in the past. It's an extremely talented group of freshmen. Each one of them can do a lot of different things, which gives us some versatility."
The Hoyas certainly were versatile against Grambling (3-1). Eleven Georgetown players scored in the game and eight had at least six points. Reggie Williams led the team with 11 points and David Wingate and Edwards had 10 each. None of those three played more than 18 minutes.
Williams had seven rebounds and Edwards had six as the Hoyas had 52 rebounds, the most this season.
Jackson had eight assists.
Starting four freshmen and a sophomore, the Tigers were victimized by the Georgetown press, which forced Grambling into 18 first-half turnovers and 18-percent shooting from the field.
"We play against the game," Thompson said. "We play our system and try to play our system correctly. We don't try to concern ourselves with the score of the game. A game is only lopsided when it ends."