The Morning After: Henry and Hollis Hoopla

Georgetown tops NC State to win Charleston Classic - College Mens Basketball - Wire - Macon.com
Georgetown came into the final after displaying depth, versatility, power and long-range accuracy earlier in the tournament. The Hoyas hit 14 3-pointers in topping Coastal Carolina in Thursday's tournament opener, then hung tough against pesky Wofford on Friday to move into the championship. Against North Carolina State, the Hoyas were forced to call on patience and poise to handle the precocious Wolfpack.

No. 20 Hoyas shake Wolfpack | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment
"(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."

Yet Another Basketball Blog (YABB): Charleston Classic Recap
Then on Sunday, Sims responded with his best game of the season. He scored only four points, but he had 5 assists, and was the heart of the offense for a long stretch early in the second half. In fact, Sims, the scoring-challenged Jerrelle Benimon, and freshman Markel Starks were all on the floor for much of the Hoyas 15-0 run that broke open the championship game. When the lineup first went out on the floor, I was asking myself how they were going to score. But when they left, they left to a standing ovation.

Georgetown downs N.C. State to win Charleston Classic title - USATODAY.com
"When league play starts, you have to come prepared every night," Thompson said. "We're going to play good teams every night and we have to mentally, physically, emotionally be honed in and focused like we were in the second half tonight."

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 82, North Carolina State 67
This was the worst outside shooting performance by Georgetown so far this season - although 36% isn't terrible by any stretch - but the Hoyas became much more selective from outside in the Vesper half [1st half: 5/15 3FG; 2nd half: 3/7].  Conversely, Georgetown wasn't getting it inside much in the first half [6/10 on dunks, layups and tips] but really pounded it in the paint after halftime [13/18].  Partial credit to Coach Thompson for making that adjustment during the break, and partial credit to the team to playing smart once they built a comfortable lead.

Georgetown men's basketball defeats N.C. State to win Charleston Classic
"I definitely feel this is a confidence builder," said Thompson, who entered the game shooting 36 percent from the floor. "Now that I'm on the right track, I need to stay on the path. I just think its the law of averages. I know I'm a good shooter, so I'm going to keep shooting and they're going to fall."

Hoyas Ride Second Half Surge to Charleston Championship | The Hoya
"We have a lot of pieces of in our locker room and on any given night were going to need different people, when they're called upon, to step up," Thompson said. "Everyone on our team has confidence in one another and a true understanding that it's going to be different people who are going to step up, and tonight [Thompson and Sims] were key."

Around the Top 25: Syracuse is suspect? North Carolina, too? | College Hoops Journal
Sidney Lowe’s Wolfpack hung around for awhile, but no Tracy Smith did catch up with the team. Georgetown’s Austin Freeman is shooting better than 70 percent from the field in effective field goal percentage, 60 percent overall. Ridiculous numbers that will drift toward the mean with each game, you’d think.

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