The Georgetown Hoyas once again used their deadly three-point shooting to dispose of a foe, easily dispatching the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 80-61, in the first game of the Charleston Classic on Nov. 18.

The Hoyas knocked down 14 shots from beyond the arc and shot more than 56 percent in the contest as the Chanticleers had no answer for the Hoyas’ marksmanship.

“You’re looking at a potential Final Four-type team because they’ve got four good shooters,” Coastal Carolina coach Cliff Ellis said.

The three-point barrage was led by Georgetown’s usual suspects, senior guards Chris Wright and Austin Freeman, who knocked down four three-point shots a piece, while junior guard Jason Clark knocked down five. Reserve guard Vee Sanford also chipped in a three-pointer.

“We have guys across the board in that locker room who can make open shots,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said.

Coastal Carolina was able to keep the game close early on as they got Georgetown in early foul trouble. Halfway through the first half, the Chanticleers cut a Hoya lead to four when junior guard Dexter Moore nailed a three-pointer of his own.

That’s when Georgetown went on 10-2 run which stretched the lead to 12, but sloppy play at the end of the half with Freeman and Clark out of the game caused Georgetown to go into the break with a 32-26 lead.

The Hoyas dominated in the early second half, as they jumped out to an quick 14-point lead by the first media timeout.

The Chanticleers were able to cut the lead to nine at 53-44 with 10:44 remaining in the half, but the Hoyas went on an 18-7 run to put the game away for good.

Key Players: Georgetown’s starting backcourt of Clark, Freeman and Wright scored 22, 20 and 12 points respectively. Wright also set a career high with 12 assists.

Coastal Carolina’s sophomore guard Kierre Greenwood led his team with 16 points on 7-9 shooting.

Key Stretch: Early in the second half, Georgetown quickly re-asserted itself and took a double-digit lead. Coastal simply didn’t have the talent to make up the large deficit.

Next Up:
Georgetown will face Wofford at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the semifinals of the Charleston Classic, while Coastal Carolina will face the University of South Carolina-Upstate at noon the same day in the consolation bracket.


George Barnette

Special to the AFRO