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The turmoil buffeting the Big East seemed distant at McDonough Arena on Thursday, cloaked by thumping basketballs and happy shouts from the Georgetown team that opens practice on Saturday.
Jason Clark smiled when the opening question posed at Thursday's media day was about Georgetown's brawl during a game against a Chinese team in August.
Georgetown coach John Thompson III said he has made peace with the coach of a Chinese basketball team over a bench-clearing brawl and denies the melee carried any political connotations.
The goodwill tour of China by Georgetown's basketball team turned ugly Thursday, after an exhibition game with the Bayi Rockets ended with an on-court brawl.
Early Saturday morning, not a trace of the Georgetown basketball team remained at the United Center. The locker room sat empty under fluorescent lights. Even the security guards had left. Everything was gone, not so much as a scrap of tape on the floor, like the Hoyas had never been here.
With each minute that dribbled away, Chris Wright became more nervous.
As the final seconds drained away, Jason Clark's head hung low as he bit his jersey near center court at Madison Square Garden. On the bench, Julian Vaughn stared straight ahead, a white towel draped over his lap. And John Thompson III, the Georgetown basketball coach, thrust his hands deep into his pockets and didn't move.
Wearing a crisp suit and bandaged left hand, the easy answer could be found on the Georgetown basketball team’s bench.
Cincinnati beat a Top 25 team on the road for the first time in seven years Wednesday night, holding Georgetown to four field goals in the second half in a 58-46 win over the No. 11 Hoyas.