Georgetown’s season ends with a 57-53 loss to Seton Hall in the Big East tournament
And despite multiple chances in the final seconds, the Hoyas ended their season with a 57-53 loss to Seton Hall, capping a campaign 6-25 and on a program-worst 21-game losing streak.
Georgetown is the first defending Big East Tournament champion to lose their first game the following tournament since West Virginia in 2011.
Ewing was reluctant to discuss his future after the loss.
“It’s been a tough year, I can’t do anything reckless,” the coach said. “Just take a few days to regroup, think about what we want to do, and then start the process. … I’m not going to make rash decisions.
Ewing called a timeout with 15.6 seconds remaining, trailing by two. Donald Carey came out of the break and drove the ball to the basket and threw a wild pass to Kaiden Rice in a kick attempt, the ball flying out of bounds as Rice dove to the ground to save it. It was the type of possession that summed up the Hoyas’ frustrating season.
“We still had opportunities. We just weren’t able to overcome them,” Ewing said. “So I have to be proud of them, proud of the effort. We just have to regroup.
Seton Hall guard Jamir Harris set up the drama by burying a three-pointer from the top of the arc with 40 seconds remaining to give the Pirates a 55-53 lead. Collin Holloway missed a three-pointer on the ensuing possession and Carey’s layup was blocked.
“It was amazing,” said Harris, of East Brunswick, NJ “Just to be able to reverse that shot for my teammates and my brothers. … Hearing the crowd go crazy for us. … Being from Jersey, I always have a chip on my shoulder.
Now questions are beginning to arise over whether Ewing will coach another game at his alma mater, although athletic director Lee Reed gave his support in a statement last week.
The Hoyas became the first team in Big East history to go 0-19 in conference play. Their last victory came on December 15. The record may have been abysmal, but two losses to Seton Hall resulted in a total of 12 points.
Prior history predicted competitive play, although expectations for this roster were as low as possible. Ewing said earlier in the week that the one thing he learned about his team despite all the losses was that they would keep fighting. The Hoyas certainly fought back and had to do so without starting point guard Dante Harris for most of the game after injuring his right leg midway through the first half.
The second half saw several lead changes as both sides went back and forth in a tough game that wasn’t pretty but had the Garden fans on their feet.
Aminu Mohammed led Georgetown with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Carey added 11 points. Holloway also had 11 points.
Jared Rhoden scored a game-high 17 points and Myles Cade had 14 for Seton Hall (21-9).
Georgetown took a 27-24 halftime lead after a choppy first half in which neither team shot the ball well or did much to deal with it. The Hoyas shot just 30.3% from the field in the first 20 minutes; Seton Hall was at 33.3%. It got off to a lousy start as Ewing took a timeout less than two minutes into the game as the Hoyas had two early turnovers and the team was 0 for 6 from the field.
It was then that freshman Mohammed took over for a while. He scored six straight and Georgetown won a 13-0 run to take a nine-point lead. All of those good feelings disappeared soon after when Harris, the 2021 Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player, collapsed in the lane after twisting his ankle at 11:39 of the first half. He immediately went to the locker room, helped by trainers and without putting weight on his right foot. He did not return due to a right leg injury.
Harris’ replacement, rookie Tyler Beard, scored five points on a 9-2 streak that gave Georgetown their biggest lead at 27-17. The problem was that the Hoyas couldn’t shut down halftime. Seton Hall finished on a 7-0 run that included two timer violations by Georgetown that caused Ewing to come onto the field to yell at Carey to kick the ball after passing it late on both occasions.