The Maui Invitational officially (and confusingly) kicked off in Washington D.C. on Monday night, and Georgetown made short work of UNC Greensboro, shutting down the Spartans in an 86-45 victory. The Hoyas moved to 2-0 on the season in a game whose outcome was never really in doubt. Georgetown started the game on a 12-2 run and never looked back, extending the lead to as much as 46 late in the second half.
O captain, my captain
Senior captain Jason Clark was mostly quiet in the season opener against Savannah State, scoring just nine points. Clark showed why he’s the leader of this team tonight, however, scoring 17 points on 7-for-18 shooting, dishing out three assists, and grabbing three steals–all in 20 minutes. Almost all of Clark’s work came in the first half before the Hoyas’ lead became insurmountable. His shot wasn’t falling from long range (1-for-7 from beyond the arc), but Clark didn’t let that discourage him, fighting his way inside for the majority of his points. The 6-foot-2 guard even managed to grab four offensive rebounds.
With the Hoyas already up 41-16 at halftime, the starters got to spend most of the second period on the bench. That meant the Hoyas’ five deep freshman class (plus redshirt frosh Aaron Bowen) had their time to shine. Mikael Hopkins led the newcomers with six points and six rebounds. Jabril Trawick also scored six while filling the stat sheet with three rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Center Tyler Adams, who’s been suffering from the lingering effects of a sprained ankle, saw his first action as a Hoya. The big man from Mississippi didn’t appear to be at full strength yet though, managing just one rebound and an 0-for-3 shooting performance in seven minutes. Sophomore walk-on John Caprio even got in on the action, garnering two rebounds and one block(!) in four minutes.
Hollis needs a haircut
For the second straight game, former Hoyas coach John Thompson Jr. sat in the postgame press conference and questioned a current player. On Saturday, he complimented Clark for keeping his teammates from doing any “crazy bullshit” (i.e. excessive celebration) while blowing out an inferior opponent. Monday, however, Big John was more critical.
Junior Hollis Thompson has been letting his hair grow out this season, and the legendary coach questioned the 6-foot-8 forward about when exactly he would be getting it cut. The younger Thompson knew exactly how to answer: “Soon.”
The Hoyas get some time to relax before heading off to the real part of the Maui Invitational (you know, the part in Hawaii). Georgetown will play three games in three days, starting with No. 12 Kansas late on Monday night.