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As per Google, this generated ~250 hits just within the past 24 hours for the search phrase "Georgetown basketball 'without incident.'"
A cursory comparison of the box score versus the Taiwanese team's roster indicates that the Hoyas did play the national team, not a junior-version or a second string. The crack staff over at Casual Hoya tells us that Taiwan was ranked 41st in the world by FIBA - for context, Villanova beat the #27 team (Israel) but lost twice to the #35 team (Senegal).
Let's run the numbers:
TEMPO-FREE BOX SCORE . Visitor Home . Georgetown Chinese Taipei Pace 66 Score 83 64 Eff. 126.3 97.4 eFG% 48.1 40.2 TO% 10.7 13.7 OR% 51.2 27.8 FTA/FGA 16.9 87.0 FTM/FGA 11.7 58.7 Assist Rate 58.8 26.7 Block Rate 17.2 0.0 Steal Rate 7.6 1.5 2FG% 50.9 27.6 3FG% 27.3 41.2 FT% 69.2 67.5 Attempts/Poss. 2FG 0.84 0.44 3FG 0.33 0.26 FT 0.20 0.61
Today's game was the slowest paced of the three that were completed on the trip - much more in line with last season's pace than the first two up-and-down affairs.
The biggest factor in today's game was the huge advantage the Hoyas had on the offensive glass - Georgetown gathered more than half of their own missed shots [22/43] while keeping Taiwan from gathering many of their own.
Taiwan also couldn't make many shots inside, thanks largely to the 17% block rate [blocks / 2FGA]. Georgetown finished the trip blocking 17.5% of their opponents' two point attempts, which would be a very high rate for a collegiate season.
The Hoyas shot poorly from behind the arc today [6/22], but also made more than 2/3 of their free throw attempts for the first time on the trip. Speaking of free throws, the Hoyas were once again at a big disadvantage on free throw attempts [13 to 40]. It's not clear to me if the officials were "biased" once again towards Georgetown's opponent, but the Hoyas ended the trip with a split of 54 to 172 (FT taken to opp FT taken), including the reported 15/57 fiasco in the aborted second game.
And with that, the Hoyas wrap up a most eventful 10-day goodwill tour of China and fly home tomorrow, just a few days ahead of the start of the academic year.
After the jump, full player stats for the three official games.