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November 22, 2011

No Chaminade upset for Hoyas

This evening there would be no repeat of 1982, when Chaminade managed the biggest upset in college basketball history, as the then NAIA member Silverswords took out number one ranked Virgina in an epic game that spawned the Maui Invitational; G'Town took care of business in this, the tournament's 29th year, defeating the Hawaii-based school 88-61, in consolation bracket play.

Following is a press release, received almost immediately after completion of the game. For quotes from Chamindade head coach Eric Bovaird and his players Matt Cousins and Waly Coulibaly, see our Open Forum message board. Comments from Georgetown head guy John Thompson III and senior guard Jason Clark are also there. Transcripts are provided by ASAP Sports.

Be sure to see the Premium Court message board to review in-game, real time G'Town-Chaminade chat, as well as commentary/thoughts
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Clark's Career-High 28 Points Lead Georgetown Past Chaminade, 88-61





Maui, Hawaii - Senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) scored a career-high with 28 points and tied a career-high with six three-point field goals as the Georgetown men's basketball team beat Chaminade, 88-61, in the second round of the Maui Invitational, being played at the Lahaina Civic Center.

The win improves Georgetown's record to 3-1 overall. Georgetown will play Memphis in the fifth/sixth place game of the Maui Invitational on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at noon local time (5 p.m. ET). The game will be shown live on ESPN2, with Dave O'Brien and Jimmy Dykes calling the action. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on Sports Talk 570 AM.

Freshman forward Otto Porter (Sikeston, Mo./Scott County Central) added 17 points and a game-high seven rebounds, while junior forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) chipped in nine points, five rebounds and three assists.

Senior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) scored eight points, had four rebounds and tied a career-high with five assists, while sophomore forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) added five points, three rebounds and three assists.

The Hoyas led by 12 points at the break (45-33) and out-scored the Silverswords, 13-6, and pushed their lead to 19 points, 56-37, on a jumper from sophomore guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep). A driving dunk from Clark with 14:44 to play in the game made it 60-41 Georgetown.

Sims fed Porter for a jumper with nine minutes left to play as Georgetown pushed its lead to 20 points, 65-45. Sims followed with one free throw in a pair of attempts as the lead grew to 67-45 with 10:20 left in the game.

Clark's sixth three-point field goal - tying his career record of six set against Villanova on Feb. 6, 2010 - gave Georgetown a 76-54 lead with 7:10 to play in the game. The Hoyas took their biggest lead, 82-54, on a pair of Clark free throws with 4:41 remaining.

The Hoyas jumped out to a 12-point halftime lead thanks in part to a first half that saw the team connect on seven three-point field goals, including four from Clark.

There were two ties and five lead changes in the first four-plus minutes of the game, the last coming on a layup from Chaminade's Dominique Cooks that tied the game at 13-all with 13:54 left. Georgetown responded with a 12-0 run over a span of 3:10 and took a 25-13 lead on a layup from Thompson with 10:44 to play. Back-to-back three-pointers from Thompson and Porter started the run Thompson scored seven points during the spurt.

A layup from Clark pushed the lead to 14 points, 31-17, with 7:26 left in the half. Clark hit a pair of three-pointers to push the lead to 15 points, first at 40-25 with 3:17 left and then at 43-28 with 2:36 to play.

Georgetown quietly got back in, with a pair of free throws from Clark starting a 6-0 run. Sims followed with one of two shots from the line and a big three from Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) cut the lead to 32-29 with 1:32 to play.



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