Jason Clark Sets Career High in Hoyas Win

by Bobby Bancroft
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Big East Basketball Tournament - Second Round

Less than 24 hours after an intense back-and-forth battle against No. 14 Kansas that resulted in their first loss of the season, Georgetown took the court on Tuesday against hosts Chaminade in the second consolation game of the day at the Maui Invitational ready to play from the opening whistle.

Georgetown (3-1) came out red hot from three-point range by making their first five shots from behind the arc before eventually wearing down Chaminade in an 88 – 61 rout at the Lahaina Civic Center.

Any chance that the young Hoyas would fall victim in a classic trap game against Division II opposition were squashed in advance by coach John Thompson III in his pre game preparation.

“I tried to express to them, I said it before the game, you only have a finite number of games and every game is special,” Thompson said.

“You can’t neglect or not appreciate and love the one you are about to play or playing because you’re thinking about those you have already played or those that you play in the future.”

Taking the advice of his coach to heart, senior captain Jason Clark scored a career-high 28 points and tied a career-high with six three-point field goals in just 24 minutes.

After hanging around against UCLA in the first half on Monday, Chaminade (3-2) was able to keep up with the hot shooting Hoyas early on after a Dominique Cooks layup tied the game at 13 with 14 minutes remaining in the first half.

Consecutive three-pointers by Hollis Thompson and Otto Porter as well as a layup by Henry Sims and a jumper by Thompson pushed the Hoyas led to double figures at 23 – 13 and they never looked back.

The Hoyas bounced back from a night of poor shooting and turnovers in their loss to Kansas by shooting 58 percent from the field including 43 percent from three as well as having 19 assists on 33 field goals in the their win over Chaminade.

Porter added a career-high 17 points and nine Hoyas played at least 12 minutes in the blowout.

Waly Coulibaly lead the Silverswords with 18 points in 35 minutes.

Earlier in the day No. 8 Memphis (2-1) avoided a second consecutive upset by outlasting Tennessee 99 – 97 in double overtime.  The Hoyas will meet the Tigers in the fifth-place game on Wednesday at 5pm EST.

Hoyas Notes:  Georgetown and Memphis are already scheduled to play at the Verizon Center on Dec.22 meaning that the Hoyas will play a non-conference opponent twice in the same season for the first time since the 1968-69 campaign.

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