What began as a goodwill trip to China for the Georgetown men's basketball team turned violent Thursday in Beijing, when its exhibition game against the Bayi Rockets deteriorated into a melee during which players exchanged blows, chairs were thrown and spectators tossed full water bottles as Hoyas players and coaches headed to the locker room at Olympic Sports Center Stadium.
Georgetown Coach John Thompson III pulled his players off the court with 9 minutes 32 seconds left in the game and the scored tied at 64 after a chaotic scene in which members of both teams began throwing punches and tackling one another.
It was the second time both benches emptied in a physical game marred by fouls. By halftime, Bayi had 11 fouls while Georgetown had 28.
"Tonight two great teams played a very competitive game that unfortunately ended after heated exchanges with both teams," Thompson said in a statement. "We sincerely regret that this situation occurred."
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Miller's team now 5-0
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