Coastal Carolina (2-1) vs. (20) Georgetown (2-0)
Thursday, November 18th, 12:00 p.m. (et).
The Sports Network
By John Agovino, Associate College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Carolina First Arena (5,100) -- Charleston, South Carolina. Television: MASN. Home Record: Coastal Carolina 2-0, Georgetown 1-0. Away Record: Coastal Carolina 0-1, Georgetown 1-0. Neutral Record: Coastal Carolina 0-0, Georgetown 0-0. Conference Record: Coastal Carolina 0-0, Georgetown 0-0. Series Record: Georgetown leads, 5-0.
GAME NOTES: The Charleston Classic will tip-off this afternoon when the 20th ranked Georgetown Hoyas battle the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at the Carolina First Arena.
The Chants were just in this town a couple of days ago, as they suffered their first loss on the year to the College of Charleston Cougars, 83-67. The setback snapped the team's two-game winning streak to open the season, as CCU defeated Piedmont and La Grange.
As for the Hoyas, they are the team to beat in this tournament, and roll into Charleston fresh off back-to-back victories. Georgetown opened the year with a 62-59 win over Old Dominion away from home. That was followed by the team's first triumph in Washington D.C., as the Hoyas took care of Tulane, 69-53.
With regards to the all-time series between the two programs, the Hoyas have won each of the five meetings, including an 81-68 decision back in the 2003-04 season.
Against the likes of Piedmont and La Grange the Chants had no problems racking up the points, but once pitted against a tough opponent like Charleston the points were much tougher to come by for coach Cliff Ellis' team. Across the board the Chants seemed to have trouble scoring, and finished the game with a pedestrian 40.9 percent shooting effort, which included an equally weak 4- of-15 showing from long range. One player that did not have any trouble finding the basket was Desmond Holloway, who finished with 24 points and nine rebounds. Danny Neiman added 14 points, while Brandon Crawford posted 10 points. Neiman is a dangerous sharp shooter and that was evident as the guard drained four of his seven attempts against Charleston.
After struggling to get past Old Dominion on the road, the Hoyas returned home, and in front of a friendly crowd, easily disposed of the Tulane Green Wave. Georgetown shot 48.1 percent in the contest, and proved dangerous from long range, connecting on 12-of-29 attempts. Austin Freeman exploded for 23 points in the victory and he was one of the main contributors from behind the arc, as the guard drilled 4-of-6 three-point attempts. The senior, which averaged 16.5 ppg a year ago, looks like he is ready to lead this team and has been brilliant through his first two contests, averaging 20.0 ppg. Jason Clark added a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds in the win, and also recorded five steals. Vee Sanford chipped in 10 points off the bench, while Chris Wright, one of the top returning players in the Big East Conference, dished out eight assists and collected four steals.
The Hoyas have not been overpowering offensively, but they do such an outstanding job at the other end of the floor that they don't need to burn out the scoreboard. Look for Georgetown to have another solid effort defensively, and get timely scoring from the likes of Freeman and Clark, en route to an easy victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgetown 71, Coastal Carolina 50
11/18 10:46:46 ET