Georgetown Basketball Game in China Stopped After a Brawl

Georgetown Head coach John Thompson III pulled his team off the court after the fight began in the fourth quarter.

My initial plan regarding the Georgetown Hoyas trip to China was to just wrap up how well they played after the whole thing was over. Well, that got scrapped when the bottles started flying on Thursday night (on China's calendar).

Georgetown was playing the Bayi Rockets, a professional team that consists of military personnel. With 9:32 remaining in the fourth quarter with the game tied at 64, the "fight broke out after [a] Georgetown guard was trapped in press and pushed to ground." Georgetown's players were taken off the court and the game was not finished.

The Washington Post reported the following details:

Georgetown senior center Henry Sims had a chair tossed at him by an unidentified person, and freshman forward Moses Ayegba, who was wearing a brace on his sore right ankle, walked onto the court with a chair in his right hand. According to Georgetown officials, Ayegba had been struck, prompting him to grab a chair in self-defense.

It was the second time both benches emptied in [a] physical game marred by fouls. By halftime, Bayi had 11 fouls while Georgetown had 28.

Among other contests, Georgetown was supposed to have another game against the Rockets before the trip was over. Now, it is uncertain whether or not the Hoyas will even finish their Chinese tour.

If the basketball portion of the trip is indeed over, the unfortunate events of Thursday night will be the lasting memory of most.

Instead of goodwill, this picture of a Chinese spectator stomping a Georgetown player on the ground and this one of the two teams throwing punches is what we are left with. It is completely unacceptable and is made worse by this fact: "The Chinese police had been watching the tensions escalate to the point of physical confrontations but made no attempts to break up any of the fights taking place on the court."

UPDATE: There is also video of the brawl available.

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