Georgetown runs past Chaminade 88-61 in MauiBy JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP)—Georgetown had a short turnaround after a disappointing loss to a Top 25 team the night before, leading to some sluggish moments early against Chaminade.
Once the Hoyas got rolling, there was no stopping them.
Jason Clark hit six 3-pointers and had 28 points to lead Georgetown to an 88-61 rout over Chaminade in the Maui Invitational on Tuesday.
After some early-game sloppiness, Georgetown (3-1) took control with a big run against the Division II Silverswords and didn’t let up, building the lead to as many as 30 in the second half.
The Hoyas hit nine 3-pointers, had 19 assists on 33 field goals and held a 38-19 rebounding advantage. Clark went 10 of 12 from the field, Otto Porter had 17 points and Georgetown shot 58 percent.
“I do think just having such a disappointing loss late last night followed by early morning, and we did feel the effects early,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. “I think we settled down a little bit, and now we have got move on.”
After hanging tough with UCLA for a half, Chaminade (3-2) was no match for the Hoyas. The freewheeling Silverswords hit eight 3-pointers but struggled defensively, allowing too many open shots on the perimeter and too many back-door cuts to the basket.
Waly Coulibaly led Chaminade with 18 points, and Matt Cousins added 10.
“This is an awesome opportunity,” Chaminade first-year coach Eric Bovaird said. “I think every Division II team wished they had the opportunity to do this, and we’re going to learn a lot. We’re going to analyze the teams really closely, and it’s going to make us a lot better team.”
Georgetown put in a gritty effort against No. 14 Kansas in its opener before falling 67-63.
It wasn’t a bad performance considering the Hoyas’ youth—the roster includes 10 underclassmen—but Thompson was frustrated by their inability to come up with the big plays down the stretch. He also was bothered by his team’s inability to stop Kansas big man Thomas Robinson, who had 20 points, 12 rebounds and what Thompson said felt like 24 dunks.
The Hoyas weren’t going to face anyone like Robinson against Chaminade, the scrappy Hawaiian school with a knack for pulling off upsets.
The Silverswords thought they had another underdog victory in their sights against UCLA in the opener, only to get run over in the second half of a 92-60 loss.
Within two at halftime, Chaminade couldn’t handle the big Bruins in the second half, getting seven shots blocked while shooting 20 percent as UCLA hit a string of baskets to quickly push the lead to double digits.
The Silverswords didn’t even get that far against Georgetown.
Bigger and more athletic, the Hoyas ran past and over Chaminade during a 14-2 run that put them up 27-15 midway through the first half. Georgetown kept the pressure up, hitting 17 of 28 shots, including 7 of 12 from 3-point range, to lead 45-33 at halftime.
Clark led the way, hitting all four of his 3-point attempts for 14 points.
“It’s always tough to have a late game and turn around and play early in the morning, especially (since) it was a very intense game, very emotional game,” Clark said. “We fought well last night, so some guys are tired, some guys are hurting. But I think that’s something that we’ve just got to play through.”
The Silverswords did manage a few long 3-pointers—Bennie Murray hit one from about 10 feet behind the line—making 6 of 14 from long range in the first half. Murray and Coulibaly hit all six, combining for 22 of Chaminade’s 33 points.
Chaminade was too far down to mount a comeback at that point, and Georgetown gradually extended the lead.
“The biggest thing is adjusting to the size and athleticism,” Cousins said. “We haven’t really got up to people with this athletic ability and whatnot.”