The Georgetown men’s basketball team believes that the unfortunate pre-season fight they had with a Chinese professional team during an 11-day tour of China helped bring them together, according to The New York Times.
“We decided right then, from that point on, we would have each other’s backs,” guard Jason Clark told The Times. “That was the point where this team really started to come together.”
The Hoyas and a professional Chinese team, the Bayi Rockets, whose players are selected from the People’s Liberation Army, were tied at 64-64 before a brawl broke out between the two last summer. The fight sparked international news, and videos of the brawl went viral online.
“It was a very physical game,” guard Markel Starks told the Times. “And then it got out of hand.” The Hoyas, ranked No. 13 overall in the nation, were picked to finish 10th in the Beg East preseason coaches poll.