ROSEMONT, ILL., JAN. 10 -- Make that Washington 2, Chicago 0.

Georgetown shut down De Paul's stellar point guard Rod Strickland for most of the second half, and, with shots coming almost exclusively from the guard corps late in the game, defeated the Blue Demons, 74-64, at the Rosemont Horizon. That victory came a couple hours after the Washington Redskins had eliminated the Chicago Bears from the NFL playoffs, 21-17.

Forward Perry McDonald led the Hoyas with 16 points, all of his six second-half points coming in the final four minutes. Guard Charles Smith scored 15 and guard Mark Tillmon 14, 12 coming from three-point range (where he was four of five).

Smith's second-half points came during a stretch near the 10-minute mark where he scored 10 of Georgetown's 13 points. During that time, the junior hit seven of eight shots, including an out-of-control, one-handed bank shot across the lane that left him on the floor.

"I'm used to making the shots," Smith said. "It all depends on the opponent. They're small, and we're going to go with a smaller lineup. We're not worrying about there just being three guards on the court at any particular time, we're just worrying about working with the big men as well."

"I thought they did a great job getting the ball in transition," De Paul Coach Joey Meyer said. "Once or twice, we didn't know who we had, and we didn't get to him, and he took advantage of it. I don't know if he'd always hit those one-handed, off-balance, flying, leaping leaners . . . but he was on a hot streak."

De Paul didn't have much of an offensive contribution from Strickland (nine points on four-of-nine shooting). The junior guard did not start because he had missed a practice, not entering the game until the 13:08 mark of the first half.

"Rod didn't have one of his better games," Meyer said. "He wasn't in the game mentally, and I don't know what the problem was. Hopefully it will be a painful lesson -- a bad game on national TV."

"I guess he probably was getting a little tired," Tillmon said, "because we had me -- I checked him some -- Dwayne {Bryant} checked some, Charles Smith checked him and Perry checked him. . . . I guess it paid off, because he missed a lot of shots, and he had to change his shot and pass it off a lot."

Still, guard Kevin Edwards hit for 21 points, and center Stanley Brundy had 16. The Blue Demons stayed close the entire game, aided by 14 offensive rebounds and a near-standoff with the Hoyas in overall rebounds (35-31).

"We don't have a dominating team, but we can present problems," Georgetown Coach John Thompson said. "We've got to solve the offensive rebounding problem. We're getting hell beat out of us on the offensive boards. If we keep Pittsburgh {a 62-57 victim last week} off the offensive boards, if we keep this team off the offensive boards, it's a different type of game."

Although the Blue Demons never tied or had the lead, they closed to two, 58-56, on two free throws by Edwards with 4:36 to play.

But in the final four minutes, the Hoyas (11-1) spread the court, beat De Paul down the lane and scored on a number of easy baskets. First, Jaren Jackson (13 points) hit a pullup jumper to put Georgetown up by four.

De Paul (8-3) missed two shots on its end, then McDonald hit a layin off a pass from Bryant. Brundy slammed for the Blue Demons, but McDonald scored on an offensive rebound with 2:35 to play to keep the lead at six.

De Paul twice had a chance to close the gap when Anthony Allen and Smith turned over the ball on traveling violations. But Terence Greene missed from in close and Edwards missed a three-pointer. The Blue Demons didn't score again until a three-point play by Greene with 1:40 to play.

Again from the spread offense, Jackson drove down the lane for a layin to make the score 66-61 at the one-minute mark. McDonald put the game away by outhustling Greene for a loose ball and scoring on a breakaway slam with 52 seconds left.

"I knew he was kind of going slow for the ball," McDonald said. "I just used my hustle to beat him to the ball."

The Hoyas had jumped on top, 7-1, with Strickland sitting in his warmup sweats on the bench. But when he came in the game, he had immediate impact, getting Edwards open for three-pointers and feeding Brundy and Kevin Holland inside for layins.

But, despite having their lead cut to one point on a couple of occasions, Georgetown managed to stay ahead, and went into the locker room with a 30-27 lead on a slam by Johnathan Edwards.

And although De Paul cut into Georgetown's 10-point second-half lead late in the game, it couldn't stop McDonald or the guards from penetrating in their spread offense.

"They were patient, and I guess we were impatient," Strickland said. "They played the clock down, and then we gambled, and then they got a basket." GEORGETOWN Min FG FT R A PF T McDonald 35 8-15 0-1 6 0 2 16 Allen 18 1-1 2-2 6 0 2 4 Tucker 9 0-1 0-0 1 0 0