To listen to the postgame conversation, you wouldn't know that Georgetown beat Florida A&M, 86-56, at Capital Centre yesterday afternoon.
"The older kids were a little blase out there," Coach John Thompson said. "They weren't really plugged in. At the end of the game, I just told them, 'Get dressed.' I was a little blase, too."
Even so, fifth-ranked and undefeated Georgetown (6-0) got 16 points and 11 rebounds from Reggie Williams, 14 points and eight rebounds from David Wingate, 14 points from Michael Jackson, 12 points and 11 rebounds from freshman center Johnathan Edwards, and a fine late-game performance from freshman guard Charles Smith.
Every Hoya scored, had at least one rebound and played at least 12 minutes. The score was 15-14 in Georgetown's favor when Edwards entered the game and started a 20-2 run that left the Rattlers trying to play catch-up for the rest of the afternoon.
The Rattlers didn't play poorly; they lost the ball 15 times -- about 10 fewer times than a lot of Big East teams do against the Hoyas -- and didn't have much trouble with Georgetown's usually disruptive defensive pressure.
"They were better than we thought they'd be," Thompson said.
And A&M Coach Willie Booker said, "We moved the ball well to the open areas. We looked for the proper things. We didn't have much trouble with the press. But we just couldn't drop it in."
A&M shot even more than Georgetown, another rarity. But the Rattlers made only 26 of them (32.9 percent).
Starting forward Walter Little missed all six of his shots from the field, center Doug Cook missed eight of nine, guard Aldwin Wade missed 13 of 19, and forward Len King missed nine of 14.
Booker even acknowledged, "Cook was intimidated from the very beginning when (Georgetown's 6-foot-11 center Ralph) Dalton blocked his first shot. And Cook is all we've got at center. He usually makes those shots from the corner. But he was intimidated today."
Cook, like his teammates, was ineffective under the boards. At halftime, when the score was 42-27, the Hoyas held only a two-rebound margin (32-30). But in the second half, Cook got one rebound and the Hoyas held a 37-9 advantage.
It didn't take long for the game to get out of hand.
But the score doesn't mean much to Thompson at this time a year. He said he told the team at halftime: "We play the system more than we play the opponent."
Although many are saying Georgetown already is of Final Four quality, Thompson said, "There are a lot of false crownings going on right now."
Thompson saw plenty to criticize in his team's performance, no matter the score. "One time they set up their zone pressure after they missed a shot and we got the rebound. That shouldn't happen."
But Georgetown was in little danger once Edwards came into the game and quickly scored six points and blocked a shot. His offensive rebound slam dunk and two foul shots after his blocked shot helped make it 21-14 with 9:19 left.
Six minutes later, the Hoyas were ahead, 35-16. Game done.
The highlight thereafter was the play of 6-foot Smith, who made four assists without a turnover. Two of the passes were of the outrageous variety, especially the no-look, behind-the-head number that gave Perry McDonald a two-handed dunk.
"He's colorful," Thompson said. "Everybody loves a midget."
Booker summed up the outcome when he said. "They wore us down. Every player John Thompson has was a top 100 player in high school. If I have two that were in the top 500, I'm lucky."
As a result, some people wonder why Georgetown plays overmatched teams such as A&M.
"Different coaches have different ways of developing their teams," Thompson said.
Georgetown's next two games will be against American on Wednesday and at De Paul on Saturday. Those games promise to be a lot more emotional, and probably closer.
"I think it's time to step it up," Thompson said.
Connecticut 55, Rhode Island 42: In Kingston, R.I., Tim Coles scored six of his game-high 17 points in the last eight minutes as the unbeaten Huskies pulled away from the Rams.
Connecticut (6-0) led by 30-24 at the half and 40-38 with 7:40 left in the game. The Huskies then scored 15 straight points to clinch the victory over the Rams (3-4). Hofstra 58, Wagner 55
In Hempstead, N.Y., Ron Miner scored a game-high 20 points to help his team end a three-game losing streak.
Leroy Allen, who clinched the victory with two foul shots with 18 seconds remaining, had 11 points and so did Luke Murphy.
Terry Bailey had 18 points for the Seahawks (3-4), one more than Kevin House, who scored Wagner's last six points.
The Flying Dutchmen (4-4) took a 9-1 lead behind three baskets by Murphy. Hofstra increased the advantage to 49-37 with a 20-footer by Paul Green with 6:31 to go