In what was potentially a battle of head coaches with the least job security in college basketball, it was Chris Collins’ Wildcats that got a pivotal road win over Patrick Ewing's Georgetown Hoyas on Tuesday night.
Georgetown trailed by as many as seven points in the first half but was able to dwindle down the deficit and even led at the half, 35-33.
However, the second 20 minute period was Georgetown’s worst of the year. The Hoyas were outscored 42-28 and were on the wrong side of a 10-2 run in the early going of the second half.
“We have to do a better job of defending,” Georgetown Head Coach Patrick Ewing said. “I think that it wasn’t just the fact that they hit 14 three’s, it’s about effort. I didn’t think that we gave enough effort to win.”
The Wildcats did make 14 three’s, but three point shots accounted for nearly half of the shots Northwestern took (14-33 from three). The Hoyas were daring NU to shoot and they happily obliged.
Besides that, Georgetown was dominated in the paint for the first time all year. Northwestern out-rebounded the Hoyas by 17 and secured 20 offensive rebounds in the game.
Georgetown will find it hard to win any games while giving up that many offensive boards.
The Hoyas were better from the field
than NU, but the Wildcats got up ten more shots. Second chance points for Northwestern won them the game.
Three Hoyas finished in double figures. Primo Spears led the way again for Georgetown as he has in every game so far, scoring 22 points and adding 6 assists and 3 steals with only 1 turnover.
Jay Heath made his Hoya debut and scored 13 points off the bench in 30 minutes. Akok Akok finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Brandon Murray had a night to forget for Georgetown. The LSU transfer finished with 5 points and was 1-10 from the field. His only made field goal came with under one minute to play.
It was a tough night for Brandon Murray and the Hoyas / Photo: Georgetown Athletics
Georgetown moves to 2-1 on the year and doesn’t play a home game until next Wednesday, November 23.
The Hoyas get a break from the D.C. cold and head to Montego Bay, Jamaica for the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic this weekend. They’ll take on Loyola Marymount on Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET before playing again on Sunday against either La Salle or Wake Forest.