Vice President Biden, who is in China on a four-day state visit, attended an earlier exhibition game this week where he saw the Hoyas defeat the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons 98-81. He was not present for Thursday's melee, but Biden and newly appointed Ambassador to China Gary Locke visited with the team after their Wednesday win.
International analyst Fran Fraschilla told ABC News that he was surprised that such an outburst of violence occurred between the two teams.
"You're very rarely going to have a brawl so this was a complicating issue, with a lot of things thrown together that made this situation escalate. Kind of a unique deal," he said.
Ahead of the 10-day visit to China, the Hoyas met with U.S Department of State for a briefing with Kin Moy, deputy assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs. And before the team flew to China Georgetown players recorded a series of playful videos, including one of players looking for Chinese tea at a Georgetown cafeteria.
The U.S. State Department had called the team's trip "an example of sports diplomacy that strengthens ties between the two countries."
"We look to these types of exchanges to promote good sportsmanship and strengthen our people-to-people contact with China," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.
On Thursday the U.S. embassy officials called the brawl "an unfortunate incident."
ABC News' David Reiter, John R. Parkinson and Devin Dwyer contributed to this report/