I just got off the phone with Georgetown spokesman Mex Carey – who was still awake at 4 a.m. local time.
By now, you have, in all likelihood, heard about the Hoyas bench-clearing brawl in Beijing, China, on Thursday. You may have even seen the video of the fracas with the Bayi Rockets, a Chinese professional team.
“It was a physical game,” Carey said. “There’s no question about it.”
And apparently, the Hoyas weren’t getting a kind whistle as the Bayi Rockets went to the charity stripe 57 times to Georgetown’s 15 free throws. The game was tied at 64 when the game was halted midway through the fourth quarter following the incidents.
“It wasn’t that JT III (John Thompson III) pulled them off the floor,” Carey said. “At that point, the game was done.”
Carey said that the players on both sides weren’t injured following the altercation, but one Georgetown fan and alum was knocked unconscious after being hit with a water bottle in the throat area.
Georgetown is slated to leave in the morning for Shanghai. The Hoyas have two more games left on their current trip – the next one on Monday – before they will head back home on Wednesday.
The sad part, Carey said, is that this incident will certainly mar what had been a terrific trip for the Hoyas.
“It’s been a great experience,” Carey said. “It’s a beautiful city.”
Carey said the scariest part was actually when the players were separated and the fans in the arena were throwing objects at the team when they were walking off the court.