It started with an exchange of cuddly stuffed pandas and ended with handshakes and hugs.
Georgetown’s return to the court for the second leg of its China tour went off without a hitch despite the lingering images, videos and questions surrounding last week’s wild on-court brawl between the Hoyas and Bayi Rockets.
On Sunday Georgetown rolled past the Liaoning Dinosaurs of the Chinese Basketball Association, 91-69, at an outdoor court during the Nike sports festival in Shanghai. The stadium was filled to capacity with spectators hoping to witness a rematch between the Hoyas and Rockets, but a late scheduling change swapped the Rockets out for the Dinosaurs.
American expat James Burbridge told ABC News he was hoping for a Hoyas-Rockets rematch: “I’d figure it would be a scrappy game.”
The Hoyas were met with applause from the crowd as they continue to try to put a fracas that made international news headlines behind them.
More coverage of the Georgetown brawl in China:
• Early Lead: Former Hoyas react to brawl in China
• DC Sports Bog: Chinese media ignore Georgetown story