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LANDOVER -- St. Leo, the certain early-season victim, is gone from this year's Georgetown schedule, but winless Morgan State acted the part perfectly last night.

After giving the Hoyas a decent test last season, Morgan couldn't provide any competition after the first two minutes and suffered an 81-39 beating before 7,451 at USAir Arena.

The Bears (0-4) lacked the necessary depth, quickness and talent to make a game of it and were completely out of range after Georgetown ran off a 21-2 streak to forge in front by 23-6 midway through the first half.

Morgan is playing short, missing three players who could become eligible the second semester. One of those is Terrance Wright, who had 28 points against the Hoyas in last December's meeting.

But their presence wouldn't have made a difference in the outcome of this sloppy game in which the Bears committed 31 turnovers (20 in the first half) and shot 26 percent from the floor.

Georgetown's swarming defense particularly unsettled Morgan's leading scorer, point guard Chico Langston, who made only two of 14 shots and committed seven turnovers.

"Our kids were uncomfortable with the pressure on the back end," said Morgan coach Michael Holmes. "They were trapping in our end of the court. We broke through the press, then couldn't handle them after we did it.

"Plus, Georgetown is at full strength and on a mission now [after losing a one-point season opener to Maryland]. They've made up their minds that that loss was a fluke and it will never happen again.

"I think a year's experience has made a big difference in their team. They're a lot tougher."

Georgetown (4-2) has lost twice by a point in overtime -- to the Terrapins and Villanova at home.

Coach John Thompson said he "didn't think we were in the

proper rhythm" with the team in the middle of examinations.

"This was just one of those things where you get the game over with, get back to school."

The Hoyas' starting front line of Othella Harrington, Don Reid and Robert Churchwell had the decision well in hand by halftime with a combined 28 points and 11 rebounds. They were rarely on the floor after the break as Thompson swept his bench clean.

The Bears are 0-7 lifetime against the Hoyas and are still searching for their first victory outside the Mid- Eastern Athletic Conference in almost two seasons.

No one scored in double figures for Morgan, which has lost to Division II Bowie State, as well as Maryland and the Hoyas.

Forward Gerald Jordan topped the team in both scoring and rebounds with nine and also blocked three shots.

GEORGETOWN -- Brown 2-5 2-2 6, Butler 1-4 0-0 2, Church 1-4 0-0 2, Churchwell 3-7 2-4 8, Dia 2-5 0-1 4, Harrington 6-7 5-8 17, Jacques 2-3 0-0 4, Jordan 2-7 0-0 4, Kelly 0-2 3-4 3, Micoud 1-7 1-2 3, Millen 1-5 0-0 2, Morgan 0-1 2-2 2, Reid 6-7 3-3 15, Spencer 3-8 2-4 8. Totals 30-72 20-30 81.

MORGAN STATE -- Battle 0-6 0-2 0, Crawley 0-0 1-2 1, Deas 3-3 2-4 8, Hunter 3-8 0-0 7, Jordan 4-13 1-2 9, Langston 2-14 1-1 6, McCarthy 2-9 2-2 6, Sellers 0-1 0-0 0, Zellous 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 15-57 7-13 39.

Halftime--Georgetown, 45-19. 3-point goals--G 1-10 (Church); MS 2-13 (Hunter, Langston). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--G 53 (Dia MS 38 (Jordan 9). Assists--G 20 (Brown 6); MS 5 (Langston 4). Total fouls--G 15, MS 22. Technicals--None. A--7,451.

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