Georgetown's 80-61 victory over Coastal Carolina in Thursday's opening game of the Charleston Classic at the College of Charleston's Carolina First Arena went pretty much as expected from the 20th-ranked Hoyas' point of view.
But Coastal Carolina coach Cliff Ellis wasn't that disappointed with how his Chanticleers performed either. He said Georgetown is a potential Final Four team, and he was proud that Coastal was still in the game with 10 minutes to play.
After falling behind by 18 points, the Chanticleers went on an 11-point second-half run to cut Georgetown's lead to 51-44. But the Hoyas hit some big 3-pointers and upped their lead to as many as 21 to win for the third time in as many starts.
"I'm proud we battled them. They finally wore us down. They had guys step up. That's why they are who they are," said Ellis, whose team fell to 2-2.
Georgetown was deadly from outside, hitting 8 of its first 12 3-point attempts and 14 of 30 (46.7 percent) for the game. But an even bigger difference was Georgetown's dominance on the offensive boards. Georgetown had 10 of its 12 offensive rebounds in the second half. Overall, Georgetown outrebounded Coastal Carolina, 35-21.
Hoyas coach John Thompson III said it was the second game in a row where his team probably took too many 3-point shots, but he wasn't upset.
"They do a good job of not taking bad shots," Thompson said.
Thompson said Coastal Carolina's 1-3-1 defense was effective.
"They are a veteran team, well coached," Thompson said. "They did a good job of not letting us get into a rhythm. The way they defended us it was hard for us to get into a rhythm.
Jason Clark led Georgetown with 22 points and hit 5 of 7 3-pointers. Austin Freeman, the preseason Big East player of the year added 20 points, hitting 8 of 10 shots overall and 4 of 6 3-pointers. Chris Wright had 12 points, all from long range, and 12 assists.
Coastal Carolina, coming off a 16-point loss to College of Charleston on Tuesday, was led by Kierre Greenwood with 16 points. Greenwood hit 7 of 9 field goal attempts. Desmond Holloway added 13 points.
Georgetown will play Wofford, a 79-61 winner over Upstate, at 2:30 p.m. today. Coastal Carolina faces Upstate at noon.
COASTAL CAROLINA (2-2): McLaurin 3-5 1-4 7, Gray 3-11 2-2 8, Nieman 0-1 0-0 0, Holloway 3-5 7-8 13, Greenwood 7-9 1-1 16, Crawford 1-3 2-2 4, Raffa 1-3 2-4 5, Moore 1-2 0-0 3, Kirkland 2-6 0-0 5, Griffin 0-0 0-0 0, Pack 0-0 0-0 0. Totals-21-45 15-21 61.
GEORGETOWN (3-0): Thompson 3-10 0-0 6, Vaughn 5-7 1-2 11, Wright 4-9 0-0 12, Freeman 8-10 0-0 20, Clark 8-12 1-1 22, Starks 0-2 0-0 0, Sanford 1-2 0-0 3, Sims 1-1 0-0 2, Benimon 1-1 0-1 2, Bowen 0-0 0-1 0, Lubick 1-3 0-0 2. Totals-32-57 2-5 80.
Halftime-Georgetown 32-26. 3-Point Goals-Coastal 4-10 (Raffa 1-1, Moore 1-1, Greenwood 1-2, Kirkland 1-5, Crawford 0-1), Georgetown 14-30 (Clark 5-7, Freeman 4-6, Wright 4-9, Sanford 1-1, Lubick 0-1, Vaughn 0-1, Starks 0-2, Thompson 0-3). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Coastal 21 (McLaurin 5), Georgetown 35 (Vaughn 7). Assists-Coastal 8 (Greenwood 3), G'town 26 (Wright 12). Total fouls-Coastal 10, Georgetown 17. Att-NA.
Georgetown 80, Coastal Carolina 61
Wofford 79, USC Upstate 61
N.C. State 85, East Carolina 65
George Mason 78, Charlotte 56
Coastal Carolina vs. USC Upstate, noon
Georgetown vs. Wofford, 2:30 p.m.
N.C. State vs. George Mason, 6 p.m.
East Carolina vs. Charlotte, 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: Available at the door or charlestonclassic.com. Tournament pass (all games) is $90; single session (two games) is $20. Student tickets $5 for single sessions; teachers and school employee single session tickets are $10.
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