- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 23, 2011

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Despite losing by just four to a Top 25 team, Georgetown coach John Thompson III was frustrated by his young squad for not being able to make plays down the stretch against Kansas to open the Maui Invitational.

Two days later, against another Top 25 team, the Hoyas were the ones making the plays.

How’s that for some quick improvement?

Jason Clark hit a big 3-pointer in overtime on his way to 26 points and Georgetown played with poise down the stretch hold off No. 8 Memphis 91-88 in the fifth-place game of the Maui Invitational on Wednesday.

“In the Kansas game, I told our guys we made mistakes coming down the stretch that we can control,” Thompson said. “Tonight we made plays as opposed to making mistakes at key points, so hopefully that’s growth for this group.”

Memphis and Georgetown didn’t look like two teams playing for fifth place, trading monster dunks, 3-pointers and leads throughout regulation.

The Hoyas (4-1) went up 90-86 in overtime after Clark hit a 3 with 51 seconds left and Markel Starks followed with two free throws.

The Tigers (2-2) cut the lead to two on Stan Simpson’s two free throws and had a shot to tie after Georgetown’s Hollis Thompson made just 1 of 2 at the other end. But Memphis didn’t get a good look at the end of regulation and did it again in overtime, with Antonio Barton’s 3-pointer coming up well short at the buzzer.

Will Barton led Memphis with 22 points and Joe Jackson added 20.

“It was really frustrating, because we didn’t play our best ball,” Will Barton said. “We regrouped and got ourselves together … then we come here in our last game and we just came up short.”

Memphis had trouble with patient and talented No. 15 Michigan in its tournament opener, unable to get the 15th-ranked Wolverines to speed up in a 73-61 loss.

The Tigers tried to run away from Tennessee on Tuesday with a big opening spurt, but the Vols chipped away in the second half and forced overtime on a shot with 5 seconds left. Memphis battled through two overtimes, dodging two more last-second shots, and pulled out a hard-fought, 99-97 win.

Georgetown opened with a four-point loss to No. 14 Kansas that left Thompson III a little disgruntled after the Hoyas couldn’t come up with the big plays down the stretch.

Georgetown rallied against tournament host Chaminade, rolling over the Division II Silverswords with a big run early and keeping the cushion from there in an 88-61 win.

Experienced and fleet, Memphis was going to be a much bigger challenge for the Hoyas, more like the Jayhawks than Chaminade. Unlike the Kansas game, the Hoyas came through with the plays down the stretch.

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