Georgetown stops Pittsburgh, 80-66

LANDOVER — LANDOVER -- Georgetown coach John Thompson gave hi three freshman recruits a baptism by fire last night. They gave him an 80-66 victory over Pittsburgh that was pretty much what he expected -- ragged, but encouraging.

"I thought the game was played the way a December game would be," Thompson said. "It's over with, and I'm glad."


Thompson started all three freshmen on his roster in the Hoyas' Big East opener at Capital Centre. Led by precocious 6-foot-10 Othella Harrington, the group didn't disappoint.

Harrington more than held his own against Pitt's 6-11 junior, Eric Mobley. Harrington had 16 points and 13 rebounds in 30 minutes, and Mobley had nine points and 12 rebounds in 33 minutes.


Harrington was hindered much of the second half with foul trouble. Mobley missed the last four minutes of the first half with a twisted right ankle.

"Othella was amazing," Thompson said. "We had him for 16 points and 13 rebounds and he sat on the bench for a long time."

Georgetown's other two freshmen -- 6-10 forward Duane Spencer and 6-1 guard Eric Micoud -- had their moments, too.

Spencer scored 13 and showed a decent outside jump shot. Micoud scored 14.

"I thought all three freshmen did an excellent job. . . . I was a little nervous about that [starting all three]," Thompson said.

After debating his options, Thompson decided on inserting Micoud for Lonnie Harrell, who had started both previous games, because of the potential matchups with Pitt.

The 11th-ranked Hoyas (3-0) got a big lift from point guard Joey Brown, a junior, down the stretch. Brown picked up two fouls in the first 2:05 of the game. He finished with 16 points and four assists.

Brown didn't sound surprised that Thompson would start all three freshmen. "They're an extremely confident bunch of kids," Brown said.


Neither team shot well -- Georgetown hit 41 percent of its shots and Pitt 44. But Pitt shot even worse at the foul line, where the Panthers (1-2) were 13-for-31 (42 percent). At one time, Pitt was 3-for-13 at the foul line.

Antoine Jones, a senior forward from Southwestern, led Pitt with 18 points and eight rebounds. He hit six of seven shots from the field.

The Hoyas maintained a comfortable lead in the second half, but had some anxious moments when Harrington picked up three fouls in barely more than a minute.

Pitt got within 54-50 with Harrington out, but Georgetown pulled away with free-throw shooting.