Nov. 21, 2010
CHARLESTON, S.C. --Sophomore forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) tied a career-high with 18 points to lead four players in double figures and junior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) came off the bench with, perhaps, the best performance of his career as the No. 20-ranked Georgetown University men's basketball team used a big second half to top North Carolina State, 82-67, in the championship game of the Charleston Classic at Carolina First Arena.
The win improves Georgetown to 5-0 overall, the second-straight season the team has started with five wins and the fourth time in the last five years. N.C. State falls to 3-1 overall.
While four players reached double figures, it was the inspired play of Sims, notably in the second half, that helped the Hoyas, who out-scored the Wolfpack 82-67 in the second half. Sims scored only four points, but added a game-high nine rebounds and five assists.
The game was tied at the half, 37-all, and N.C. State led 44-42 early in the second half, but the Hoyas used a 19-2 spurt over 5:58 and opened up a 15-point lead, 61-46, on a Thompson layup with 9:58 to play. Georgetown's biggest lead was 19 points, 82-63, on a Thompson layup with 43 seconds left.
Senior guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College H.S.) was named the Most Valuable Player of the Charleston Classic, scoring 17 points, handing out seven assists and grabbing four rebounds, while junior Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell), who was named to the All-Tournament team, added 14 points, two rebounds and two blocks.
Senior forward Julian Vaughn (Reston Va./Oak Hill Academy) finished with eight points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots, while senior guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) scored 15 points and had two assists.
Georgetown's biggest lead of the first half was only two points, but a three-pointer from Freeman after both teams missed opportunities to start the second half gave GU a 40-37 lead. Three free throws from N.C. State's Scott Wood tied the game for the 10th time and the teams traded baskets before free throws from DeShawn Painter gave the Wolfpack a 44-42 lead.
The teams went into the half tied at 37-all Georgetown shot 40.0 percent from the floor (14-of-35) and hit only 33.3 percent of its three-pointers (5-of-15), while N.C. State shot 51.7 percent (15-of-29) and connected on 42.9 percent of its three-pointers (3-of-7). The lead changed hands four times and it was tied on nine occasions.
After the Wolfpack jumped out to a 5-0 lead on a three-pointer from Wood, the Hoyas used a 7-0 run - capped by a three-pointer from Clark - to take a 7-5 lead and from there it was neck-and-neck. N.C. State went on a 10-2 run and took its biggest lead, 15-9, on a layup from Harrow with 13:40 left in the half.
The Hoyas responded with a 9-3 over a span of 3:21 and tied the game at 18-all on a layup from Vaughn with 10:01 to play in the half. The Wolfpack pushed the lead back to four points, 26-22, but three-pointers from Clark and Wright tied the game at 28-all.
GU shot 45.1 percent from the floor (32-of-71), hit 36.4 percent of its three-pointers (8-of-22) and connected on 71.4 percent of its free throws (10-of-14) while holding a 47-37 advantage on the boards.
Georgetown returns home this week and will host UNC-Asheville on Saturday, Nov. 27 at Verizon Center. Tipoff at The Phonebooth is slated for noon. A live webcast of the game can be viewed on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - and the radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.