HONOLULU — Georgetown hasn't been an elite team for a long time, but it was still too much for Long Beach State in a 57-51 victory Wednesday in the Rainbow Classic.
Freshman forward Jeff Green had game highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Hoyas in the tournament's consolation bracket at Hawaii's Stan Sheriff Center. Georgetown improved to 5-3.
"Our defense was OK, maybe even toward pretty good," said first-year Georgetown Coach John Thompson III, whose father led the program to the 1984 national title and three Final Four appearances in a four-year span from 1981 to 1984.
"Regardless of their record, I think that's a pretty good team. They have different guys that can score."
Long Beach State (1-7) dropped its fifth in a row and also lost Louis Darby.
The junior guard injured his left foot at the 15:26 mark of the first half and did not return. X-rays revealed Darby suffered a broken bone in his foot, a 49er spokesman said. Darby is scheduled to undergo surgery today and expected to be sidelined four to six weeks.