Defending national champion and top-ranked Georgetown got off to a flying start in defense of its NCAA title Thursday, defeating Lehigh, 68-43, in an East Regional first round-game at Hartford, Conn.
"I'm angry about some things I saw out there, but that's good," said Georgetown Coach John Thompson, whose team was outscored, 32-29, in the second half. "We would have won by 50 if I'd left my starters in during the second half."
Reggie Williams and David Wingate led Georgetown with 14 points each.
The Engineers, 33-point underdogs and 90,000-to-1 shots to win the NCAA tournament, trailed, 39-11, at halftime.
Lehigh, the only team in the tournament with a losing record (12-19), was led by Mike Polaha with 20 points and Daren Queenan with 13.
In Thursday's other first-round games at Hartford, Temple beat Virginia, SMU defeated Old Dominion and Loyola (Ill.) edged Iona.
Georgetown will face Temple in Saturday's second round, while SMU will meet Loyola.
Temple 60, Virginia Tech 57--Forward Granger Hall scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Owls fought off a late comeback by Virginia Tech.