LAHAINA, Hawaii — Georgetown had a short turnaround after a disappointing loss to a Top 25 team the night before, leading to some sluggish moments early against Chaminade.
Once the Hoyas got rolling, there was no stopping them.
Jason Clark hit six 3-pointers and had 28 points to lead Georgetown to an 88-61 rout over Chaminade in the Maui Invitational on Tuesday.
After some early-game sloppiness, Georgetown (3-1) took control with a big run against the Division II Silverswords and didn’t let up, building the lead to as many as 30 in the second half.
The Hoyas hit nine 3-pointers, had 19 assists on 33 field goals and held a 38-19 rebounding advantage. Clark went 10 of 12 from the field, Otto Porter had 17 points and Georgetown shot 58 percent.
“I do think just having such a disappointing loss late last night followed by early morning, and we did feel the effects early,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. “I think we settled down a little bit, and now we have got move on.”
After hanging tough with UCLA for a half, Chaminade (3-2) was no match for the Hoyas. The freewheeling Silverswords hit eight 3-pointers but struggled defensively, allowing too many open shots on the perimeter and too many back-door cuts to the basket.
Waly Coulibaly led Chaminade with 18 points, and Matt Cousins added 10.
“This is an awesome opportunity,” Chaminade first-year coach Eric Bovaird said. “I think every Division II team wished they had the opportunity to do this, and we’re going to learn a lot. We’re going to analyze the teams really closely, and it’s going to make us a lot better team.”
Georgetown put in a gritty effort against No. 14 Kansas in its opener before falling 67-63.
It wasn’t a bad performance considering the Hoyas’ youth — the roster includes 10 underclassmen — but Thompson was frustrated by their inability to come up with the big plays down the stretch. He also was bothered by his team’s inability to stop Kansas big man Thomas Robinson, who had 20 points, 12 rebounds and what Thompson said felt like 24 dunks.
The Hoyas weren’t going to face anyone like Robinson against Chaminade, the scrappy Hawaiian school with a knack for pulling off upsets.
The Silverswords thought they had another underdog victory in their sights against UCLA in the opener, only to get run over in the second half of a 92-60 loss.
Within two at halftime, Chaminade couldn’t handle the big Bruins in the second half, getting seven shots blocked while shooting 20 percent as UCLA hit a string of baskets to quickly push the lead to double digits.
The Silverswords didn’t even get that far against Georgetown.