Streaky Hoyas put away Terriers
Georgetown opened the game with a 9-0 run and then used another 9-0 burst in the second half to put away Wofford, 74-59, Friday before a crowd of 2,148 in the ESPN Charleston Classic at the College of Charleston's Carolina First Arena.
The 20th-ranked Hoyas (4-0) will play Sunday in the 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU) championship game against N.C. State.
"They're really good, a little better than I thought they'd be," said Terriers' coach Mike Young, whose team fell to 1-3. "When you dig a 9-0 hole against a Big East team, that's a big climb," Georgetown continued to build on its lead and was ahead, 37-24, when senior guard Chris Wright hit a 3-pointer to close the first half for the Hoyas' biggest lead. Wofford hit only three of its first 20 field-goal attempts in the first half.
But the Terriers clawed back at the start of the second half, cutting Georgetown's lead to 43-37 in the opening four minutes, hitting five of their first six shots from the floor. Eventually, Wofford would cut Georgetown's lead to five points.
That's when the Hoyas went on their second 9-0 run, seven of those points coming from the foul line, to go ahead 59-45.
"Wofford knows what they want and they know how to get it," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said, likening the Terriers' offense to football misdirection.
"They are a terrific team, well-coached. We're going to make runs and other teams are going to make runs against us. We had to settle down, relax and take away the easy baskets. I thought we maintained that composure without getting rattled."
Wright led Georgetown with 18 points, five rebounds and five assists. Austin Freeman, the Big East preseason player of the year, added 14 points, while senior forward Julian Vaughn had his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Vaughn also had four blocked shots.
Senior forward Noah Dahlman scored 19 points to lead Wofford. Junior guard Brad Loesing had 14 points, including four of six 3-pointers.
, and Jamar Diggs added 10 points and four assists.
Young said the tournament experience was good for Wofford.
"This is awesome on a number of levels," Young said. "We have the opportunity to compete against a Georgetown or N.C. State on a neutral floor. It didn't work out for us. Sunday, we'll play a really good team, either N.C. State or George Mason. We look forward to it."