HONOLULU, NOV. 28 -- Georgetown has been coming to Hawaii for season openers against NAIA teams since the 1982-83 season and all of the games have been blowouts in favor of the Hoyas.

But Georgetown Coach John Thompson, who has been criticized for scheduling powder-puff opponents early, had an answer for his critics following Friday night's season-opening 92-41 drubbing of Hawaii-Loa College.

"Regardless of what they criticize us for, we have won five of eight Big East championships," Thompson said, "and we didn't schedule that."

Thompson says he brings his team to Hawaii, mainly, to promote unity.

"It's extremely important for us to get into a good feeling early as to how I want things done," said Thompson. "It's also good for me because I've got to get myself oriented to coaching again after being away from it during the summer."

As expected, the 16th-ranked Hoyas looked a little ragged but not enough to allow Hawaii-Loa to make a game of it.

Charles Smith scored 15 points while Mark Tillmon and freshman Anthony Tucker added 14 apiece to lead the Hoyas.

On the down side, the Hoyas did not shoot particularly well, making 33 of 69 shots. Tillmon made only five of 13 shots while Jaren Jackson went a miserable zero for nine and Dwayne Bryant was zero for four.

The Hoyas took advantage of 11 steals, four blocked shots and 12 Hawaii-Loa turnovers to take a 44-17 halftime lead. Smith led the way with 12 first-half points while Tillmon added 11.

Georgetown raced to a 12-0 lead before Hawaii-Loa scored its first points on a jumper by Ray Rice with 14:59 remaining.

Twelve of 14 Georgetown players who saw action scored and the Hoyas' pressure defense produced 17 steals.

The Hoyas experimented with numerous combinations and used five defenses -- full-court zone and man-to-man and a pair of zones and a man-to-man over half court.

"I think we're a little ragged now but that's understandable," said Thompson. "But as I told them, I make high demands on them now because defense is something you consistently do."

Hawaii-Loa came as close as 20-10 in the first half but a 16-1 Georgetown blitz put the game out of reach for the Mongoose. Five baskets by the Hoyas during the streak were the result of steals.

Hawaii-Loa (2-4), with only one player taller than 6 feet 7 and three above 6-5, could not match the Hoyas' height or muscle. The Mongoose, forced to shoot from the outside, hit on only 14 of 43 field goal attempts and was outrebounded, 40-23.

The teams meet again tonight. GEORGETOWN

Winston 3-3 0-0 6, McDonald 3-7 3-4 9, Tillmon 5-13 2-3 14, Jackson 0-9 2-2 2, Allen 2-2 0-0 4, Bryant 0-4 3-5 3, Smith 5-9 4-4 15, Jones 3-3 3-5 9, Tucker 6-8 2-2 14, Edwards 1-1 4-5 6, Highsmith 2-3 0-0 4, Jefferson 3-7 0-0 6, Lang 0-2 0-0 0, Gillery 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-69 23-30 92. HAWAII-LOA

Alameda 0-1 0-0 0, Matsuda 3-7 2-4 8, Fullmer 0-1 2-2 2, Tauanuu 1-3 0-0 2, McNulty 0-1 4-6 4, Kauho 1-1 0-0 3, Wallwork 0-1 0-0 0, Redono 1-4 0-0 3, Hansen 3-7 2-2 8, D.Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 3-9 0-0 6, Rice 2-6 1-2 5. Totals 14-43 12-17 41.

Halftime: Georgetown, 44-17. Three-point goals -- Georgetown 3-7 (Tillmon 2-4, Smith 1-1, Bryant 0-1, Jackson 0-1), Hawaii-Loa 2-7 (Kaohu 1-1, Redono 1-2, Hansen 0-2, D. Anderson 0-1, Matsuda 0-1). Fouled out -- Tauanuu. Rebounds -- Georgetown 40 (Tucker, McDonald 6), Hawaii-Loa 23 (Rice 5). Assists -- Georgetown 10 (Bryant 4), Hawaii-Loa 4 (Matsuda, McNulty 2). Total fouls -- Georgetown 15, Hawaii-Loa 22. Technical fouls -- Hawaii-Loa Coach Sanpos, Edwards.

A -- 500