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Ewing speaks to media about the team, the opponent…
Ewing: Hoyas’ full roster available vs. Syracuse “as of now.”
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) December 11, 2019
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The Hoyas recorded 26 dimes on their 34 made field goals against the Mustangs. This is always an emphasis of Ewing’s approach; his first two Georgetown teams ranked second (65.2 percent) and 15th (60.6 percent) in the country in assist rate. His 2019-20 team hadn’t come close to approaching that mark. Saturday’s rate of 77 percent was by far a season-high. “We shared the ball,” Ewing says. “The ball didn’t stick. The ball movement was a lot better than it had been in the past. Nothing to say negative about those guys that are leaving, because they are, or they did, do some great things to help our program. They will be missed. But guys are just stepping up.”
Patrick Ewing praises Hoyas for sticking together amid week of bad news. Former Big East rival Syracuse is up next for Georgetown, by @Adam_Zielonka. https://t.co/4CPryu9U1x #PatrickEwing #GeorgetownHoyas #Syracuse
— WashTimes Sports (@WashTimesSports) December 11, 2019
Being away from campus for a few days likely helped the players focus more on basketball and less about the transfers. “I’m sure it was (helpful). It’s always good to regroup and focus, especially when adversity sets in,” Ewing said. “We were on the road. We were isolated. We were focused on just (playing).” The turmoil may have died down now, but it’s not necessarily over. Myron Gardner and Galen Alexander are still being investigated by the university’s Office of Student Conduct over complaints filed against them in D.C. Superior Court.
Syracuse and Georgetown Basketball. To anyone who follows college basketball, nothing else needs to be said.https://t.co/vai3WPnT83
— CNYCentral (@CNYCentral) December 11, 2019
Asked about possible school discipline for Alexander or Gardner, Ewing replied: “Because of legal issues, there are some certain things I can’t even talk about.” “It’s none of, really, my business,” starting guard Mac McClung said. “I wish the best for those guys.” McClung averaged 26 points in the first two games Georgetown (6-3) played without Akinjo and LeBlanc, road wins over previously unbeaten opponents Oklahoma State and SMU.
Always a pleasure to talk Georgetown Syracuse with these guys https://t.co/D4mmTIOo0X
— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) December 11, 2019
In the four games Syracuse and Georgetown have played since the Orange left the Big East, no game has been decided by more than seven points…
In the  games prior, Georgetown spoiled SU’s Pearl Washington celebration at the Dome and Mike Hopkins’ forced head coaching debut by defeating the Orange. These games still matter and are still entertaining.
The headlines going in this year? Syracuse (5-4) heads to D.C. with renewed confidence after a 97-63 win over Georgia Tech, but still in desperate need of a quality non-conference win for its NCAA Tournament resume. Georgetown ranks No. 46 in the latest KenPom rankings and would fit that bill.
Ewing on Syracuse vs. Georgetown: “I think we still have a healthy dislike for each other.”
— Hoyas247 (@Hoyas247) December 11, 2019
Syracuse is now 0-4 this season against major conference teams with road games at Georgia Tech and Georgetown up next on the schedule. Syracuse’s losses to Virginia, Oklahoma State, Penn State and Iowa have come by an average of 15.6 points.
McClung on Allen: He’s def a vet. He always makes the right play. He makes big shots when he has to.
Georgetown is 2-0 with Allen as a starter.
Hoyas host Syracuse Sat at 1 PM pic.twitter.com/YdctW1sIZh
— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) December 11, 2019
Fresh off a dismissal and a transfer and amidst an ongoing investigation into other legal matters, Georgetown went out and won two road games this past week. Whatever else you want to say about how Patrick Ewing’s running his team — and most of what you could say holds at least some measure of truth at this point — you can’t argue that he didn’t get two quality results on the court. On Saturday, they host their hated rivals in the Orange. Syracuse is just 5-4 this season and they are just 1-4 against Major Seven opponents this season. In fact, they already lost on a neutral floor to the Oklahoma State team that Georgetown just beat.
Joe Girard III and Jagan Mosely sum that up pretty clearly.
— Niko Tamurian (@NikoTamurian) December 11, 2019
In examining various statistical categories, it’s evident that the Orange will have to take advantage of the Hoyas’ careless miscues, as Georgetown coughs up 16.7 turnovers per game. Since the Hoyas are a fierce offensive unit, averaging 79.4 points every 40 minutes, it’s pivotal for the ‘Cuse to convert Georgetown’s mistakes into easy buckets out in transition, particularly if Syracuse’s deep threats are struggling.
Despite the magnificent display that the Orange enacted against the Yellow Jackets, the Hoyas still hold higher shooting percentages from the field, the charity stripe, and 3-point land. Georgetown also commands an edge on the glass and in blocks, while the ‘Cuse is better with assists, steals and points allowed – by a wide margin of more than 11 points in this last area.
— Stadium (@Stadium) December 12, 2019
In Saturday’s 97-63 victory over Georgia Tech, Syracuse Orange men’s basketball players Elijah Hughes and Buddy Boeheim reached career-highs in points. Hughes dropped 33 and Boeheim poured in 26 on six 3s apiece. But perhaps overshadowed by the point total was Howard Washington’s career-high. The sophomore point guard dished out a career best eight assists in just 17 minutes of play. Washington’s first assist came on a Boeheim 3-pointer with 6:37 remaining in the first half. His seventh and eighth came in the game’s waning moments on a pair of feeds to Jesse Edwards with a victory well in hand. Three of Washington’s eight dimes were set up for 3s.
Interesting nugget that came out when my guy @ScottABC7 asked Patrick Ewing about the Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry and the animosity within it.
“He (Jim Boeheim) told me the only reason why he’s doing this (continuing the series) is because I’m the one that’s calling.”#CuseGtown
— Niko Tamurian (@NikoTamurian) December 12, 2019
Knicks legend Patrick Ewing expressed his displeasure with his former team’s recent firing of Fizdale, noting how much respect he has for the ex-coach while speaking on his weekly SiriusXM show “Center Court with Patrick Ewing” on Monday. “Very disappointed in that,” the Georgetown coach said of the firing. “I think that Fiz is an outstanding coach. I’ve had an opportunity to get to know him over the years, met him when he was working for the Hawks. And just want to let him know that I support him, and I know he’s looking forward to his next opportunity. “He is a very good coach, and I was disappointed to see him getting let go.”