Georgetown's dream this season is for senior center Dikembe Mutombo and junior forward Alonzo Mourning to play well together, and for freshman guards Charles Harrison and Joey Brown to provide reasonable production and steadiness on offense.

The 18th-ranked Hoyas made the dream come true for enough stretches last night to defeat fifth-ranked St. John's, 59-53, at Capital Centre.

"I think the guys on the team are really maturing, especially the younger kids," Mourning said. "They're making pretty good judgments, and they're really getting into the offensive flow. I think as time goes on, our half-court offense is going to improve.

"I think the only thing that had been stopping us in our half-court offense was us -- shooting and being patient and having the right judgments. I think all of that is going to gradually fall into place. I think we really have to take advantage of our size in the middle, and we have been doing that really well."

Mourning continued his progress from a strained left arch with nine points and seven rebounds, and the 7-foot-2 Mutombo provided a powerful 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.

"They're putting the ball in his hands more," St. John's center Robert Werdann said. "He's a force for them now. It's not something you can get around. He's just there. And because he's so big, when he gets down and spreads himself out, he's tough to defend."

Mutombo scored 11 of his points in the second half last night, the second consecutive game in which he has awakened offensively after halftime. On Sunday against Pittsburgh, he scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half.

"I'm the senior on the team, so I have to take the leadership," he said. "If it's time to wake up, the first person to wake up has to be me. Alonzo and I are people who are in charge for this team. . . . Right now I'm so happy that we have Alonzo back. If I'm not doing well, Alonzo can do well."

Mutombo showed his gratitude and his ever-burgeoning court sense with a feathery inside pass that led to a dunk by Mourning, whose fitness level is slowly returning to normal.

"Once we get to a situation where Alonzo gets into shape, we'll be a better basketball team," Georgetown Coach John Thompson said. "I thought early in the game, he was totally spent. As soon as he gets in the flow of the game, the rhythm's there."

The rhythm was there for Harrison -- particularly in the first half. He entered the game shooting 37 percent from the field for the season, but coming off a seven-for-14 effort Sunday against Pittsburgh. He made five of his seven first-half shots last night, and ended up with a game-best 18 points. "Charlie has no conscience," Thompson said. "He reminds me of {Sleepy} Floyd. Missing doesn't faze him one bit. And it's dropping for him more now."

Said Harrison: "I knew it would come with time. I just have to keep it up. Everyone has confidence in me, and that boosts you up so you have more confidence in yourself. I definitely feel I'm a better shooter than I've shown."

Before the season began, Thompson was asked how concerned he was about his team's apparent weakness in the back court. Despite the graduations of Mark Tillmon and Dwayne Bryant and the transfer of David Edwards, Thompson replied he was not very concerned at all. "And remember I said that," he added.

St. John's Coach Lou Carnesecca came away impressed. Harrison and Brown "played like real veterans," he said.

"We knew some people were thinking that the back court was real weak this year because we lost so many people," said Brown, who totaled 11 points. "But Charles and I and Lamont {Morgan} and the rest of the back court, we were confident. We knew what we could do. We didn't have to to prove anything to anyone. We just knew that all we had to do was go out and play."