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Georgetown basketball coach Ewing to miss game against Butler

WASHINGTON (AP) – Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing will miss the Hoyas’ game against visiting Butler due to what his team said on Wednesday to be directives from the DC Department of Health.

The press release announcing the former Georgetown and NBA star’s absence on Thursday offered no further details or explanation.

Georgetown said assistant Louis Orr would serve as the team’s interim coach “from the Butler game on”.

It’s supposed to be Georgetown’s second game since having had four in a row postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ewing, 59, was hospitalized in May 2020 after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Hoyas’ next scheduled outing is Sunday against St. John’s at Madison Square Garden, where Ewing played for the New York Knicks following his college career in Georgetown.

As a player, the 7-footer helped Georgetown win the 1984 NCAA Championship and reach two more title games. He was taken with the No.1 pick in the 1985 draft after the Knicks won the NBA’s first lottery. Ewing led New York to the 1994 NBA Finals, where they lost to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets.

In April 2017, he returned to Georgetown for his first job as a head coach at all levels, hiring Orr as one of his assistants. Orr was previously head coach at Siena, Seton Hall and Bowling Green.

Georgetown is 6-6 overall and 0-1 in the Grand Est. Butler is 8-6 overall and 1-2 in conference.

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