WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jason Clark knew he had to play. It’s what his grandmother, Janetta Clarke, would’ve wanted. Not only did Clark play, he played one of the best games of his career on the day his grandma passed away as Georgetown cruised to a 69-53 win over Tulane.

“I think the biggest decision was speaking to her the last couple of weeks she wanted me to stay at school,” Clark said. “She didn’t want me to come home. She wanted me to keep playing basketball. She said when this day comes she wanted me to continue this and she wanted me to succeed so I knew she would want me to play tonight.”

The Hoyas got off to a hot start from behind the arc as they made five consecutive three-pointers during a 17-4 run to blow the game open. A large portion of the credit belongs to senior guard Chris Wright as his penetration opened up a lot of great looks for his teammates.

“I have to get people involved and Jason was shooting the ball really well and Austin was shooting the ball well…” Wright said. “If I hit a shot every now and then that would be pretty cool, but I have to keep playing and get my teammates involved.”

The Green Wave responded with a 10-2 run to cut the Hoya lead to 12 at halftime.

The second half began with ragged play from both teams as turnovers and missed shots marred the first five minutes of play. Then, the Hoyas went to a three-quarter court press which turned to create instant offense as they went on a 16-3 run to put the game out of reach.

“I think we got better at it today,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said referring to the press. “It gave us a little spark today when we hit a lull.”

Key Players: Georgetown’s trio of guards once again set the tone as senior Austin Freeman led the team with 23 points; Clark scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had five steals while Wright dished out eight assists with four steals.

Tulane’s Kris Richard was the only member of the Green Wave to score in double figures as he finished the game with 22 points.

Key Stretch: After Tulane cut the lead to 40-29 with 15:32 left in the second half, the Hoyas went on a 16-3 run to take a 56-32 lead.

Next Up: Georgetown heads to South Carolina to play in the eight-team Charleston Classic with Coastal Carolina as its first opponent on Nov. 18. Tulane will play its first home game of the season Nov. 19 against Centenary.


George Barnette

Special to the AFRO