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Disaster for Georgetown - American takes down Hoyas

For the fourth straight game, Georgetown found itself with a halftime lead and for the fourth straight game that lead evaporated in the second half.

“It’s a combination of everything,” Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing said following the 74-70 defeat. “This is four straight games now we have had the lead going into halftime, and the second half we just don’t do the things we need to do to get the win.”

The Hoyas were up ten at halftime against fellow DMV school, American. In the second half, Georgetown was outscored 44-30 on the way to blowing a halftime lead for the fourth consecutive game.

Over the past four games combined, the Hoyas have been outscored by 70 points in the second half after leading at the half in all of those games.

Georgetown dominated on the boards throughout the game, out-rebounding American by nine but hauling in 21 offensive rebounds.

However, the Hoyas had an abysmal shooting day, going 38% from the field, 31% from three and 66% from the free throw line.

All nine Hoyas who played scored. Primo Spears led the way with 15 points while Akok Akok finished with 14. The only other Hoya in double figures was Jay Heath with 10. The Georgetown bench contributed 18 points as well.

“Right now we have had bumps in the road,” Ewing said. “Right now it’s all about how we handle those bumps in the road. We brought in guys that are capable of stepping up and getting the job done.”

On the flipside, American just beat Georgetown for the first time since 1982. A massive win for tenth year head coach Mike Brennan, who has been rumored to be on the hot seat himself. Beating fellow DMV foe Georgetown for the first time in 40 years should help his seat be a little more comfortable.

“It’s a great win for us,” Brennan said following the 74-70 comeback win. “Moments like that are few and far between for our program, so we have to cherish that.”

For Georgetown, things feel pretty bleak. The problems that were there in the first game have not been solved and if anything have intensified.

There’s a long way to go this season, but it’s hard to see this getting better before it somehow continues to get worse.

Georgetown takes on UMBC on Saturday. If we see a similar result again, it might just force a larger decision to be made, regardless of repercussions.


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