This was closer to the way Georgetown Coach John Thompson likes to spend his December nights. The Hoyas still were without Alonzo Mourning and the edges still were a bit ragged at times, but the opponent was St. Leo and the victory was an easy one.

The winless, Division II Monarchs offered only brief resistance last night at Capital Centre, as fifth-ranked Georgetown breezed, 75-45, before a turnout of 5,878.

After a week filled with Mourning's foot injury and a pair of grinding, high-intensity games, this low-key evening offered the kind of teaching forum Thompson wanted.

He played his starters for most of the uneven contest, leaving senior center Dikembe Mutombo on the court for 38 minutes and point guard Joey Brown out there for 36 minutes even as Georgetown built its lead to as many as 31 points in the second half.

Thompson talks often of exposing this youthful club to a variety of experiences, and last night was one for Mutombo -- who had room to roam in the lane and compiled 22 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocked shots.

The Hoyas (6-0) held St. Leo to 33 percent field goal accuracy, forced 18 turnovers and used a late first-half burst to grab control of the game for good.

"With Alonzo being out, that gives Dikembe an opportunity to play a lot and move around out there," Thompson said. "With all the other young players we have, I think sometimes our staff forgets Dikembe is young too and he needs the experience."

Said Mutombo, who made seven of 11 field goal attempts and eight of 10 free throw tries: "Rebounding and blocking shots can make me a lottery pick {in next summer's NBA draft}.

"I'm not looking for scoring right now. I'm just looking for rebounding and blocking more shots, and that will make me a better professional next year."

Guard Tyrone Graves led the Monarchs (0-8) with 14 points but shot six for 24 from the field, including one of 10 from three-point range.

Freshman guard Charles Harrison scored 14 points for Georgetown; freshman reserve forward Lamont Morgan had 10, and veteran Ronny Thompson -- who started in Mourning's place -- provided nine.

St. Leo actually hung tough longer than one might have anticipated. The Monarchs led, 12-10, on a jump shot by Graves 5:04 into the game. Then the Hoyas seized control for good with a 25-6 spurt over a span of 12 minutes that yielded a 35-18 lead.

Mutombo had 13 points in that run to provide the bulk of an 18-point, eight-rebound first half. Georgetown led by 41-21 at intermission, and stretched the advantage to 27 in the opening moments of the second half.

The largest lead came at 71-40 with 2:25 to play, and Thompson emptied his bench soon thereafter.

The Hoyas' victory was not aesthetically pleasing, but as Thompson said: "The object of our games is to play sloppy. When we play sloppy, we usually win."

He also was quick to point out that another less than renowned, early season Georgetown opponent -- Division II Southern Indiana, 20-point losers to the Hoyas 12 days ago -- won at Wisconsin Saturday.

"And aren't {the Badgers} in the Big Ten?" he asked.

Mourning was on the sideline a second straight game, in coat and tie and nursing the strained arch in his left foot he suffered making a victory-preserving block against Duke. Thompson said the junior forward might begin practicing today but his status for Saturday's matchup here against Texas-El Paso is unclear.

Mutombo played with his left thumb wrapped. He strained it during Saturday's triumph over Rice.

Mont-Rockville 83, Harford 74:

Ed Farrell scored 20 points, Jay Phillips 19 and Juan Wallace 18 to lead Montgomery (4-4) over guest Harford (0-7).

Catonsville 81, Mont-Takoma 78:

Scott Crawford scored 19 points to pace host Catonsville. Gregory Rex had 25 for Montgomery-Takoma Park (2-5), fielding only a six-man squad until more are eligible next semester.