No. 20 Hoyas shake Wolfpack
Georgetown went on a 15-0 second-half run to break open a close game and raced to an 82-67 victory over North Carolina State in Sunday's championship game of the Charleston Classic played at the College of Charleston's Carolina First Arena.
The 20th-ranked Hoyas improved to 5-0 while N.C. State fell to 3-1.
The young Wolfpack hung tough with Georgetown for the first 25 minutes of the game as the teams swapped the lead regularly.
But Austin Freeman, the preseason Big East player of the year, ignited the Georgetown run with a dunk that pulled Georgetown even with N.C. State at 44 and the Hoyas breezed to a 57-44 lead before N.C. State scored again.
Georgetown coach John Thompson III said the Hoyas are moving in the right direction.
"Our guys focused in. They had the same looks but the ball didn't go in. It was a heightened attention to detail ... and we got some lucky bounces," Thompson said.
"That is a very good win we had. They are a very good team, regardless of their age," Thompson said. "This tournament has been good for us. The whole experience I think we can build upon. The hardness this group needs to get very quickly. We're going to play good teams every night. We have to be honed and focused like we were in the second half.."
Hollis Thompson led four Georgetown players in double figures with 18 points and nine rebounds. Chris Wright added 17 points and seven assists, while Freeman scored 15 points and Jason Clark added 14.
Georgetown out-rebounded the Wolfpack, 47-37. Richard Howell led N.C. State with 14 points and eight rebounds. Lorenzo Brown had 11 points and five rebounds while DeShawn Painters scored 10 points and had seven rebounds.
"Our youth showed up the that stretch, our lack of patience and staying within the play," said N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe. "We had guys going one on one when they got the ball and we took some awful shots. We told them to be patient and let it come."
N.C. State was playing without senior forward Tracy Smith, who suffered a knee injury in the Wolfpack's opening game against East Carolina and underwent arthroscopic surgery Friday. He is expected to miss three weeks, and Lowe said he would have loved to have Smith Sunday.
"(The Hoyas) executed their stuff and we didn't play the way we were supposed to," Lowe said. "We just played against a very good ball club and they took advantage of their experience."