After a nail biter of a win to start their season last Friday against Old Dominion, Georgetown’s men’s basketball team returned to the Verizon Center. Hoya fans could breathe easier tonight as the Hoyas (2-0) beat Tulane (1-1) 69-53 in their home opener.
Once again, it was a story of the guards, as seniors Austin Freeman and Chris Wright along with junior Jason Clark led the way with 47 of the team’s 69 points. They had to carry more of the load since the Hoyas’ front court was thinner than usual, with senior big man Julian Vaughn missing the game due to an illness.
“Yesterday, at practice, Julian Vaughn complained he wasn’t feeling well,” Coach John Thompson III said. “The doctors have not cleared him to play and until they do he will not be suiting up. We do not know when this will happen and at this point we do not have enough data to speculate.”
Vaughn’s absence didn’t hurt the team though, as the rest of the squad stepped up, especially Jason Clark. Clark had 17 points, a career high 11 rebounds and five steals, which was even more impressive with the passing of his grandmother Janetta Clarke earlier today. Clark knew it was the right decision to play.
“I think the biggest decision was speaking to her the last couple of weeks she wanted [me] to stay at school…she wanted me to keep playing basketball,” Clark said. “She said when this day comes, she wanted me to continue this and she wanted me to succeed, so I knew she would want me to play today.”
Playing with a heavy heart, Clark seemed to be everywhere on the floor, chasing every loose ball. Wright, who tied a career high with eight assists, knew it was important to get Clark the ball early on.
“My role is bigger than just scoring the ball. I have to get people involved and Jason was shooting the ball really well,” Wright said.
With the win, the Hoyas improve to 2-0 before they head to Charleston, S.C. this weekend for the Charleston Classic. Georgetown will face Coastal Carolina Thursday afternoon in the first game of a three game round robin.
Photo: Jackson Perry