Clark's Career-High 28 Points Lead Georgetown Past Chaminade, 88-61
Nov. 22, 2011
Senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) scored a career-high 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, while Chaminade falls to 2-2 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 two assists. Senior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) scored eight points, handed out a career-high seven assists, had four rebounds, two steals and two blocks, while sophomore forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) added five points, three rebounds and three assists and sophomore guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) finished with seven points and three assists.
The Hoyas led by 12 points at the break (45-33) and out-scored the Silverswords, 13-6, to push their lead to 19 points, 56-37, on a jumper from Starks. 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 pushed the lead to 28 points, 82-54, on a pair of Clark free throws with 4:41 remaining and took their biggest lead of the game, 84-54, on a layup from freshman guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) with 3:21 left.
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 shot 57.9 percent from the floor (33-of-57), hit 42.9 percent of their three-pointers (9-of-21) and were 72.2 percent from the free throw line (13-of-18). Georgetown held a 38-19 advantage in rebounds, handed out 19 assists and committed 15 turnovers with three blocks and six steals.
Porter led the team with 17 points off the bench, connected on 5-of-8 field goal attempts and all six of his free throws, while Trawick added six points and two rebounds, freshman Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) added four points and three rebounds and Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) had two points and four rebounds.