|Image courtesy of Georgetown.edu|
Georgetown tipped off their extended "cultural exchange" trip to China with a 48(!) minute extravaganza against the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons at Beijing’s Olympic Sports Center. And the Hoyas started off their (exhibition) season right with a 98-81 thumping of the Dragons.
This was clearly an international spectacular, drawing such A-listers as Joe Biden, Gary Locke and Paul Tagliabue.
This is usually the point where I write "Let's run the numbers" but those numbers are a bit hard to come by for the game. A simple box score is all that I can find in the interwebs, so there's not much for the HP Cray IITM to process tonight (it remains idle but alert in my mom's basement). And, after all, it was merely an exhibition.
Let's run the numbers:
TEMPO-FREE BOX SCORE . Visitor Home . Georgetown Shanxi Zhongyu Pace 79 Points 98 81 Eff. 103.1 85.2 eFG% 49.4 47.6 TO% 21.0 23.2 OR% 36.0 25.5 FTA/FGA 16.7 55.6 FTM/FGA 10.0 33.3 Assist Rate 51.2 37.0 Block Rate 23.8 1.4 Steal Rate 13.7 1.1 2FG% 47.9 50.0 3FG% 36.8 28.6 FT% 60.0 60.0 Attempts/Poss. 2FG 0.90 0.53 3FG 0.24 0.27 FT 0.19 0.44
The score of the game would lead one to believe that this was either a defense-optional affair or a ridiculously-paced game, but neither is actually true. The game went 48 minutes over 4 quarters rather than the standard 20-minute halves, so all the counting stats were naturally inflated.
Georgetown carried over the unusually defensive-minded Kenner League playoffs into this trip, by grabbing a ton of steals and blocking nearly 1/4 of all 2FG attempts during the game. A strong effort on the defensive glass also helped.
Some simple player stats after the jump . . .