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Thompson and Clark’s First Half Paced Georgetown 86-45 Win

Hollis Thompson and Jason Clark combined for 30 points in the first half of Georgetown’s eventual 86-45 route of UNC Greensboro Nov. 14 at Verizon Center to bring the Hoyas to a 2-0 record before heading to the Maui Invitational.

Leading by 25 at halftime, Clark played the first three minutes of the second half, Thompson the first five and a half, before coach John Thompson III pulled in the reins and let the rest of his big, young team take over.

“I think that our guys played hard,” Thompson III said, “and I do think there was a certain focus for all 40 minutes regardless of who was in and who wasn’t in. I think they had a focus for 40 minutes which was needed.”

Georgetown took a 7-0 lead before the Spartans made their first bucket 3:54 into the game following five missed shots. The Hoyas forced six turnovers in the first seven minutes and ended the half up 41-16. Clark ended with 17 points, five rebounds while Thompson was second on the team with 19 points on 7-of-10 from the field and 5-of-6 from three.

“In the first half, Jason had a lot of shots — maybe too many — but he was open,” Thompson III said. “They were playing that 1-3-1, and I thought our guys did a good job of moving it around. He ended up with the ball in his hands at the open point.”

Despite the high point total, the Hoyas ended with a strikingly low field goal percentage: 44.8 percent in the game and 38.2 in the first half.

“I think a lot of it was just good ball movement like Coach was saying,” Clark agreed. “I ended up with the ball, being wide open. Shots weren’t falling, but other people on our team were making shots too.”

The freshmen made more of their impact on the boards as Greg Whittington and Mikael Hopkins grabbed six rebounds each while Otto Porter ended with a team-high four assists.

Georgetown has a week off before facing Kansas Nov. 21 in the first round of the Maui Invitational.

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