Supreme Cook scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Dontrez Styles added 15 points and 10 rebounds as Georgetown defeated Le Moyne 94-57 on Tuesday night in Ed Cooley’s debut as coach of the Hoyas.
Cooley, who was hired from Big East rival Providence, is working to revitalize a once-distinguished program that struggled in the past two seasons under Patrick Ewing, going 13-50 overall and 2-37 in the Big East.
Reflecting on the game, Cooley stated, “Once I got to the game, I was OK. What was different was leaving the Thompson Center (on Georgetown’s campus). The traffic to get here… The anxiety leading up to it: How will our men perform? It was very emotional, to be honest with you. Very, very emotional.”
Cook, who joined Georgetown after three seasons at Fairfield, made 8 of 9 shots against Le Moyne. Styles, who spent two seasons at North Carolina, averaged 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.
Additionally, Jay Heath also contributed 15 points for Georgetown. The Hoyas finished with a 52-29 edge on the glass, with Wayne Bristol Jr. grabbing 10 rebounds. Georgetown took an early 20-7 lead and extended it to 47-23 at halftime.
The Dolphins, playing their first game as a Division I school, were led in scoring by Kaiyem Cleary, who finished with 11 points.
Georgetown was projected to finish eighth out of 11 teams in the Big East coaches’ preseason poll and will be without forward Ismael Massoud, a graduate transfer from Kansas State, at the start of the season due to surgery on his right hand on Oct. 24.