The 2nd Patrick Ewing era at Georgetown, the coaching era, has begun with solid 2-0 start to the season with their dominating 102-68 win.
In John Thompson III’s first year at Georgetown, his Hoyas lost their season opener 75-57 at the hands of Temple at the then-MCI Center and rebounded to win their next game against The Citadel 69-34 on the way to 3 straight wins and a 19-13 overall record. Patrick Ewing, by that standard is already ahead of the man he replaced when he took his rightful place on the throne at Georgetown 33 years after he led the Hoyas to the 1984 NCAA National Championship.
JT III’s Hoyas did not score 80+ points in a game until his 48th as Georgetown’s head coach. They scored 87 on Jan. 21, 2006 in an 87-84 win over #1 Duke in DC. Tonight, the Hoyas had 83 points with 7:53 to play. They didn’t crack 90 points under Thompson III until they scored 110 in, coincidentally, his 110th game as head coach at Georgetown, in a 110-51 beat down of Radford in McDonough Arena. Tonight they had 91 with 5:07 to play. They reached 100 with 1:15 to go and easily blew past Mount St. Mary’s by a final score of 102-68.
Jesse Govan lead the way tonight for the Hoyas with 20 points and 14 rebounds, one of 5 Hoyas in double figures scoring against the Mountaineers. His rebound total included 4 of the Hoyas’ 14 offensive rebounds, an area where they doubled up the Mountaineers (14 to 7). “Jesse really set the tone rebounding” said Kaleb Johnson of the Hoyas outrebounding the Mountaineers 51-23. Seven Hoyas had 5 or more rebounds, while only one Mountaineer had 5 rebounds.
Jahvon Blair and Jagan Mosely chipped in another 19 and 16 points, respectively, for the Hoyas, while Kaleb Johnson and Jamarko Pickett had 14 each. Ewing said after the win he was happy to see how “different guys are stepping up” and making plays for the team, “as long as the outcome is a win, we’ll take it.”
This year’s Hoyas team plays with a speed and hunger on both ends that hasn’t been seen in DC in a long time. Ewing said of the team’s speed, “I want to push the pace, I want to be fast, but I want to cut our turnovers down.” He admitted the decrease in turnovers is important to their success once Big East play rolls around.
Many people wondered if Patrick Ewing could lead a competitive squad in his first season at the helm, but if his first two games are any indication, this Hoyas team should keep things interesting in the Nation’s Capital. Mount Saint Mary’s coach Jamion Christian said after his team’s loss that Ewing is “doing a great job” and seemed puzzled off season questions about his head coaching ability. Christian looks like an early believer in the pro-Patrick Ewing movement.
The new head coach faced questions about his ability to recruit right away, but the Hall of Famer shrugged it off as no big deal and recruiting appears to come naturally as he was able to land local 4-star recruit Jamarko Pickett from Massanutten Military Academy in Washington, VA. Ewing sees Pickett as more of a 3rd scoring option for the Hoyas but with 14 points and 7 rebounds tonight, Pickett could be moving up the food chain forcing Ewing to feed his young forward more as the season goes on. “different guys are stepping up”
After a decade plus of running the antiquated Princeton offense, Georgetown appears to have taken a giant step into the 21st century with Patrick Ewing at the helm. With an infamously light non-conference schedule, the Hoyas should continue to have success under the new head coach.