Georgetown pulled off an upset in the Big East Tournament on Thursday. The Hoyas beat Villanova 72-71 on Dante Harris two free throws with 4.7 seconds. Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing described what he wanted on the last play of the game.
“Yeah, we ran a play — first, we wanted a look for Jahvon going back door. They took that away. We did a dribble handoff with Dante and once they switched and had the big on him, I told him, Go, just go downhill and make a play. And he was able to go down hill, get contact, and get the ball up on the glass.”
Georgetown came into the tournament as the eighth seed and beat Marquette in the first round of the Big East Tournament before beating Villanova.
Harris led the Hoyas in scoring with 18 points on 6-11 shooting from the field. Qudus Wahab added 17 points, and Jamorko Pickett added 12 points and eight rebounds. The big boast for Georgetown came off the bench from Jahvon Blair; he added 12 points off the bench making four of nine three-point shots.
What helped the Hoyas win the game was their free-throwing shooting; they were 23-23 from the line. Also, they had the edge in rebounding 37-30. In a one-point game, free-throws and rebounds are crucial.
Coach Ewing has this t say about the win. “We took another step — in my house, by the way. This is my house,” Ewing said in a postgame television interview. “It’s a great win. Huge win.”
Ewing also talked about his team being a resilient group. “I’m extremely proud. A lot of people had counted us out. We struggled in the early part of the year. We were the last school, the last Big East school, to get back on campus. So it took us some time to adjust. We had a lot of new faces on our team. But I think that the second half, after we came back out of that COVID pause, I think everything clicked and jelled for us. I think guys have stepped up, guys have embraced the challenge, and they’re doing everything that we needed to do. One step at an time. We took one step yesterday. We took another step today. And then hopefully tomorrow will be our third step to be able to play on Saturday”.
The Hoyas look to advance to the championship round on Saturday, but first, they have to get past No.5 seed Seton Hall Friday.