Patrick Ewing, the Georgetown legend’s head coach, was not happy with his team’s performance against Marquette on Friday night. The Hoyas lost 92-64 at home in their first game of the Big East Conference.
It was Georgetown’s first contest in nearly a month after its last four games were postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the team. The Hoyas (6-6, 0-1 Big East) last played on December 18, losing to TCU 80-73. The extended break didn’t seem to help them on Friday as they shot 29.9 percent from the field.
Ewing didn’t hold back in expressing his disappointment with the team during his post-game press conference. He made his feelings known about the team’s mistakes before leaving the session. Journalists present said he had “left” the media room.
“We didn’t compete,” said Ewing, via Georgetown Men’s Basketball Website. “Every effort we had to make, we didn’t. If we want to be successful in the Grand Est, we have to compete every night.”
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Ewing is 68-65 years old with Georgetown since he was named head coach ahead of the 2017-18 season. As a player, he helped lead the Hoyas to the 1984 NCAA Tournament Championship and two other title games. He was selected No.1 overall by the Knicks in the 1985 NBA Draft.
Ewing performed for the late John Thompson in Georgetown. Thompson led the Hoyas to three Final Fours and a national championship in 27 seasons. The Hall of Fame coach passed away in August 2020. Ewing referred to Thompson in his responses on Friday.
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“As a player who has helped build this program, I am disappointed with the performance of my team,” said Ewing. “That is not the goal of Georgetown basketball. Big John turns in his grave for the performance we showed tonight.”
Patrick Ewing is pissed off. He said the team hadn’t competed enough.
“Big John is turning in his grave”
Said everyone is warned.
Then got up and walked out of his media session.
– Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) January 8, 2022
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Georgetown’s struggles this season come a year after Ewing led the Hoyas to the Big East Tournament championship game and the NCAA tournament. They lost in the NCAA’s first round to Colorado.
This year’s team will look to tie their conference record in their next game on Thursday, January 13, when they face Butler.