WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown men’s basketball coach Patrick Ewing received a public show of support from athletic director Lee Reed on Wednesday, hours before the team attempted to end its 18-game streak. consecutive losses, school record.
After acknowledging the “disappointment of a difficult season,” Reed went on to say in his statement, “In this ever-changing landscape of college athletics, we are committed to Coach Ewing, and we are working with him to evaluate all aspects of men’s basketball. program and make the necessary changes to put us back on the path to success for next year.
Ewing is a former Hoyas star center whose first stint as head coach at any level included just one NCAA Tournament appearance and a flurry of player transfers over five seasons for the most part. unsuccessful.
Heading into Wednesday night’s Big East game at Seton Hall, Georgetown was 6-22, including 0-17 in conference play. There’s another regular season game after that on the schedule, Saturday at Xavier.
The school record for most men’s basketball losses in a season is 23, set in 1972 – the season before John Thompson Jr. became Georgetown’s head coach and began a tenure that included the 1984 NCAA Championship and two more Final Four appearances with Ewing Manning. the painting.
Georgetown has already broken the school’s 15-game losing streak mark in the Big East; the worst winless season in conference history was 0-18, achieved by Miami in 1994 and DePaul in 2009.
Overall, the Hoyas are 68-81 under Ewing, with only one season above .500: they went 19-14 in 2018-19, when they were invited to the NIT and lost their opening match against Harvard.
The undisputed – and some might say only true – highlight of Ewing’s time in charge was a surprising four-win-in-four-day run to the Big East Tournament title after entering with a 9-12 record and in as the No. 8 seed in 2021. He became the first person to win the event as both a player and a manager.
The conference tournament title provided the Hoyas with their only trip to the NCAA under Ewing, but it ended quickly with a 96-73 loss to Colorado in the first round.
“Coach Ewing’s dedication as well as his success at last year’s Big East Tournament is a testament to his leadership,” Reed said. “It gives us confidence that he can strengthen our program in the future.”
After an 86-77 loss to UConn in the final at home to Georgetown last Sunday, Ewing was asked about his professional status.
“Of course I want to be back here,” Ewing said. “But in this position and this job, whatever happens will happen. Hopefully I’ll be back and do something I love in a place I love and we’ll be king of the hill again.
AP freelancer Bobby Bancroft contributed to this report.
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