Georgetown AD acknowledges ‘frustrating time’ under Ewing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing’s loss-filled stint at his alma mater was called a “difficult and frustrating time” by athletic director Lee Reed, who added Wednesday that “no one is more determined” to change things that the old center of the stars.

Hours before the Hoyas were expected to go on a Big East-record 24-game regular-season losing streak in a game against visiting Villanova, Reed responded to an Associated Press interview request by posting a statement that was emailed by a spokesperson.

“We recognize this is a difficult and frustrating time for the men’s basketball team and our fans,” said Reed, who also posted a comment about Ewing before a game about 10 months ago. “Coach Ewing understands that getting the program back on track is imperative and no one is more committed than he is to making that happen.”

Georgetown entered Wednesday night’s game with a 5-10, 0-4 overall conference record. His previous outing was an 80-51 loss to Big East opponents Butler.

Georgetown went 0-19 in the conference last season while going 6-25 overall, including a 21-game losing streak. The Hoyas also lost their last regular season game in the Big East in 2020-21, before playing a surprising four-game series at New York’s Madison Square Garden to claim the conference tournament title.

This allowed the team to make its only NCAA Tournament appearance during Ewing’s tenure; that season ended with a first-round loss to Colorado.

Ewing, who as a player helped Georgetown and coach John Thompson Jr. win the 1984 national championship and make two more NCAA Finals appearances, is in his sixth season since replacing the Thompson’s son, John Thompson III, as the school’s coach.

Georgetown entered Wednesday with a 73-94 record under Ewing (a .437 winning percentage), including 26-67 (.280) in the Big East.

This is Ewing’s first head coaching job at any level — he worked as an assistant in the NBA after his Hall of Fame playing career ended — and his roster has seen a surge. repeated turnover due to transfer of students out of Georgetown.

At the end of last season, in March 2022, Reed issued a statement hours before a game against Seton Hall, acknowledging the “disappointment of a difficult season” and saying: “In this ever-changing landscape of athletics university, we are committed to Coach Ewing, and we are working with him to assess all aspects of the men’s basketball program and make the changes necessary to put us back on the path to success for next year.

Before the start of this season, Ewing reshuffled his squad by replacing the three assistants and signed several transfer players, including leading scorer Primo Spears, who came from Duquesne.

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