Georgetown breaks record for consecutive Big East losses - No end in sight
Georgetown lost its 25th straight Big East conference game on Wednesday night. It breaks the conference record previously held by DePaul.
The Hoyas haven’t won a Big East game since defeating Creighton in the Big East Tournament championship game in March 2021.
Wednesday night, Georgetown fell once again, this time to Villanova. Tied at halftime, the Hoyas were outscored by 16 in the second half, leading to a 73-57 defeat.
“There’s going to be streaks in every sport,” head coach Patrick Ewing said following the loss. “I’m a very prideful person. Georgetown is a very prideful university. We don’t want to be associated with a losing streak but it is what it is.”
Georgetown played well in the first half and trailed for less than a minute in the opening
20 minutes. The Hoyas were flying high and providing the entertainment as well, with highlight dunks by Akok Akok and Brandon Murray, who had the best dunk I personally have ever seen and one of the best in college basketball this season.
Villanova got hot in the final seconds of the first half, knocking down two three pointers to tie the game at 35 at the break.
In the second half, Georgetown fell apart.
Injuries to both Bryson Mozone and Brandon Murray certainly did not help as the Hoyas shot just 21% from the field in the second half on 6-28 shooting.
On the other side, ‘Nova’s best player, Caleb Daniels, took over the game, finishing with 20 points on the night, including six three’s.
As a team, Villanova easily pulled away by knocking down free throws as well. The Wildcats are the top free throw shooting team in the country and were a perfect 18-18 from the line on Wednesday night.
With Mozone and Murray on the bench, the Hoyas limped to the finish line and lost for a record-breaking 25th straight time in Big East play.
Just hours before Wednesday’s game, Georgetown Athletic Director Lee Reed released a statement to the Associated Press that acknowledged the proverbial “elephant in the room” that is the future of Patrick Ewing and the Hoya basketball program.
The statement read, “We recognize this is a challenging and frustrating time for the men’s basketball team and our fans. Coach Ewing understands that it is imperative to get the program back on track and no one is more committed than he is to making that happen.”
Reed also backed up Ewing in a statement late last season as the Hoyas were on their way to going winless in an entire season of Big East play. Following Wednesday’s loss, Ewing publicly acknowledged his situation.
“My future is my future. I’m here to be the head coach of Georgetown until the President or the Board decide for me to move on,” Ewing said. “Until that time, a friend of mine sent me a quote today, ‘It’s not how many times you get knocked down, it’s how many times you get up.’ We got knocked down, so all we’re going to do is keep getting up.”
There’s 15 Big East games to go. Can they really keep getting up?