The People's Republic of China men's team ran off 16 consecutive points in a 10-minute span of the second half to take a 75-60 victory over cold-shooting Georgetown in exhibition basketball last night at the Armory-Starplex.
In a preliminary game, the PRC women defeated their University of Maryland counterparts, 81-67. A crowd of 3,800 watched the doubleheader.
Georgetown led, 51-42, with 15:30 left in the game. But the Chinese then scored the next 18 points for a 60-51 lead with 5:56 remaining.
Wang Te-li sank three long jump shots to spark the Chinese during the steak. Meanwhile, Georgetown hurt its own cause by failing on 13 straight shots from the field while committing five turnovers. The Hoyas twice fought back to within one point in the final five minutes but Chang Wei-ting scored six points in the last 1:48 to cement the PRC's first victory in four exhibition games against American colleges.
The teams played evenly much of the first half, with neither squad able to grab more than a four-point lead in the early going. Junior playmaking gurd John Duren connected on four jumpers and a driving layup to score half of Georgetown's first 20 points.
The Chinese, with Wang Te-li firing in six of 10 medium-range jumpers, managed to stay close. With 3:25 remaining, Duren, Craig (Big Sky) Shelton and freshman Jeff Bullis evenly split 12 points as the Hoyas outscored the PRC, 14-4, to take a 43-39 halftime lead.
been billed as being 7-feet-9, but in truth looked to be no taller than 2.3 meters (7-6).
Hoya center Tommy Scates, no midget at 6-11, said of the big Chinese, "One time he palmed my head."
Mu did not appear much involved with the game while on the bench but somewhat distinguished himself on the court. The big guy finished the half with 11 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots, all without leaving his feet.
"I was more interested in getting ready for the season than in beating the Chinese," said Thompson. He added that he didn't think the Chinese were as good as the Russians and yugoslavs, but that "you can take that statement for what it's worth since they did beat us.