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Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 08/22/2011

Georgetown returns to basketball court in China without incident (Video)

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:

Georgetown’s men’s basketball team puts brawl in China behind them

• Mike Wise: Georgetown’s basketball brawl in China erupted from complex mix of history, hubris and culture

• Brook Larmer: From ping-pong diplomacy to basket-brawl: What the Chinese-Georgetown fight reveals

• Video: Georgetown Hoyas end exhibition game in China with brawl

Players, coaches meet after brawl

• Early Lead: Former Hoyas react to brawl in China

• Early Lead: Georgetown brawls with China’s Bayi Rockets: The animated video

• Sally Jenkins: Georgetown basketball brawl’s spark isn’t clear, but situation was obviously flammable

• DC Sports Bog: Chinese media ignore Georgetown story

Fight ends Hoyas’ game in China

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