Press Release from Georgetown:
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team will play LaSalle University on Saturday, Dec. 10 at AmericanAirlines Arena in December as part of the Second Annual Hoophall Miami Invitational, announced today by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Georgetown game is one of two games that will be played, including a matchup between Temple and DePaul. The two-day event begins on Saturday, Dec. 3, with a doubleheader featuring Virginia Commonwealth against Illinois and Wofford College versus Miami.
The Hoophall Miami Invitational, held at the home arena of the NBA's Miami Heat, in part benefits the Mourning Family Foundation, created by former Georgetown All-American and NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning (C'91). The Mourning Family Foundation was created to inspire others through advocacy, education and enrichment services and allows donors with varied interests in children's issues the benefit of giving to several charities from their one contribution. Since 1997, the Mourning Family Foundation has raised more than $20 million for programs that aid in the development of children and their families.
"Traveling to play in an event that benefits the Mourning Family Foundation makes this a very meaningful opportunity for Georgetown," Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III said. "The work that Alonzo and Tracy have done through their organization has directly benefited children and families in the Miami community and I hope that this event will further their cause. From a basketball standpoint, this is a terrific opportunity for our team to challenge itself against a very quality opponent."
"The Basketball Hall of Fame is thrilled to be returning to Miami to host premier college basketball programs in a world-class facility," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "We look forward to engaging with the Miami community and would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Miami Heat and AmericanAirlines Arena for their support."
This will be the 25th all-time meeting between Georgetown and LaSalle, and the first since the 1980-81 season. The Explorers lead the head-to-head series, 15-9. The series began in 1945-46 and the teams played almost yearly until 1965-66. The Hoyas won the last meeting, a 79-63 decision at the Cabrillo Classic in San Diego, Calf.
On Friday, December 9, AmericanAirlines Arena will host the Hall of Fame Legends Luncheon, bringing together business professionals from the Miami-area and benefitting the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Mourning Family Foundation. The luncheon will be a star-studded meet and greet event with the legends of the game including Hall of Famers like Mourning and Pat Riley. Also taking place that day is the Hall of Fame Youth Clinic at Mourning's Overtown Youth Center. This 90-minute event will be hosted by Mourning and college players participating in the Hoophall Miami Invitational. Attendees of the clinic will also be treated to the big games
Later this summer, tickets will be available to athletics donors and men's basketball planholders through the Georgetown Athletic Ticket Office. To receive the latest information about tickets, please subscribe to the men's basketball ticket alert listserv by creating or updating your account at http://WeAreGeorgetown.com/MYHOYAS. Tickets will also be sold to the public through Ticketmaster.com.