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Georgetown basketball brawl: Hoyas fight Chinese team on exhibition tour

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The Georgetown Hoyas basketball team was involved in a brawl during an exhibition game in China on Thursday, one that head coach John Thompson III says the team "sincerely regrets."

Players from the Hoyas and Baiyi fought in the latter stages of their game Thursday. (Photo: Sina.com)

Various reports from Beijing say that the Hoyas, who were playing the Bayi Rockets, were pulled off the floor in the 4th quarter after the fight broke out and the players were showered with plastic bottles.

The Washington Post reports that the game was tied at 64 with under 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter when tensions, which were already high during the game, exploded into an all-out brawl.

The fight was first reported by Gene Wang of the Post on his Twitter page.

Bedlam at Hoyas game vs Baiyi. Benches cleared. JTIII pulls team off court in 4th quarter. Fans hurled bottles at team.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

Wang says the Hoyas are in the middle of a 10-day goodwill trip to China. It is not known if the team will return to Washington early.

In a statement released by the university, Thompson said:

“Tonight, two great teams played a very competitive game that unfortunately ended after heated exchanges with both teams. We sincerely regret that this situation occurred.

We remain grateful for the opportunity our student-athletes are having to engage in a sport they love here in China, while strengthening their understanding of a nation we respect and admire at Georgetown University.”

A series of photos from Sina.com show players pushing and shoving on the floor.

This story will be updated. You can read an entire account of the brawl here.

 

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