The Georgetown Hoyas blended their new faces into an old look last night, as their supporting cast of freshmen provided a performance that met the expectations of Coach John Thompson. They scrapped to an 82-61 victory over the Melbourne (Australia) Tigers in an exhibition game at McDonough Gymnasium.
The win wasn't an easy one, as the Hoyas saw a 21-point lead trimmed to 70-58 with 3:59 to play. But freshmen guards Joey Brown and Charles Harrison sparked a 12-3 game-ending run, and Georgetown's final margin matched its largest.
"If you go through a game like this and everything goes the way you want it to go, then you've got a problem," Thompson said. "It was a good first game. . . . Basically things went pretty much the way I thought they would go."
Harrison and fellow freshman Robert Churchwell led the Hoyas with 13 points apiece, Ronny Thompson had 12 points and Dikembe Mutombo 12 points and 20 rebounds.
Melbourne -- coached in part by former Seton Hall standout Andrew Gaze -- were led by forward David Colbert's 18 points. But the Tigers, in losing their sixth straight on their American tour, were held to 36 percent shooting, committed 20 turnovers and had 11 shots blocked.
Thompson started three freshmen -- Brown, Harrison and Churchwell -- and played six newcomers. Afterward Thompson said that sophomore guard Antoine Stoudamire had not yet been cleared to practice because of strep throat and a virus and that he has not yet decided whether he'll redshirt 7-foot-2 freshman Pascal Fleury.
Thompson said his lineup may change but indicated Brown will be his starting point guard.
After a sluggish start, Georgetown jumped to a 20-4 lead in the first 10 minutes and held a 37-18 halftime advantage. The Hoyas stretched their lead to 39-18 on Harrison's jump shot 32 seconds into the second half and maintained a 15-to-21-point cushion until the furious finish.