georgetown and chinese team get into a big-ass bench-clearing basketball brawl

Daaaamn. This was supposed to be a goodwill trip to China. The photo above is all hell breaking loose in an full-on melee between members of Georgetown's basketball team and the Bayi Rockets, in which blows were exchanged, chairs were thrown, and spectators reportedly tossed full water bottles: Fight ends Georgetown basketball exhibition in China. Let's go to the video:

The bench-clearing brawl broke out Thursday night during a very physical exhibition game in Beijing, during which both teams were apparently fouling the hell out of each other. With about ten minutes left in the game, one hard foul too many gave way to a shove, setting off chaos on the court:
Georgetown senior center Henry Sims had a chair tossed at him by an unidentified person, and freshman forward Moses Ayegba, who was wearing a brace on his sore right ankle, walked onto the court with a chair in his right hand. According to Georgetown officials, Ayegba had been struck, prompting him to grab a chair in self-defense.

It was the second time both benches emptied in physical game marred by fouls. By halftime, Bayi had 11 fouls while Georgetown had 28.

Immediately before the fighting began, Bayi forward-center Hu Ke was called for a foul against Georgetown’s Jason Clark. The senior guard clearly took exception to the hard foul and said so to Hu, triggers an exchange of shoves.

That's when players from the Georgetown and Bayi benches ran onto the court, and bedlam ensued.
So much for goodwill. That's just plain ugly. More here: Wild brawl ends Georgetown's exhibition game in China early.

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