Georgetown set a dubious Big East record on Wednesday night, losing its 25th consecutive regular season game to break a tie with DePaul for the longest streak in league history.
The Hoyas tied Villanova at halftime but were overtaken by 16 points in the second half en route to a 73-57 loss in Washington. Primo Spursthe leading scorer for Georgetown with 16 points per game, and had eight points on 3-of-12 shooting.
Georgetown lost six straight games to fall to 5-11 on the season, 0-5 in the Big East. The Hoyas lost 19 regular season games in the Big East last season while going 6-25 overall, including a 21-game winning streak. They also lost their final Big East regular season game in 2020-21, before going on to go on a shock four-game run at New York’s Madison Square Garden to claim the conference tournament title. This allowed the team its only NCAA Tournament appearance during embattled head coach Patrick Ewing’s tenure.
Georgetown’s most recent regular season win came on March 2, 2021, at home over the Xavier.
Ewing is now 73-95 in the six years he’s been in charge of his alma mater, and only 26-68 in the Big East regular season.
Hours before the game against Villanova, Georgetown Athletic Director Lee Reed acknowledged that this was a “frustrating time” for the program.
“We realize this is a difficult and frustrating time for the men’s basketball team and for our fans,” Reed said in an emailed statement to The Associated Press in response to an interview request. “Coach Ewing knows it is imperative to get the program back on track and no one is more committed to making it happen.”
After Wednesday’s game, which was attended by Georgetown President Jack DeGioia, Ewing was asked about his job status and the direction of the program.
Ewing replied “I’m here to talk about the game. My future is my future.” “I’ll be the head coach of Georgetown until the president or the board decides I should move on… You know, a friend of mine sent me a quote today: ‘It’s not how many times you get knocked down, it’s how many times you get up.'” We got knocked down, so all we’ll do is keep getting up. ”
Near the end of last season, Ewing received a vote of confidence from Reid, with the athletic director saying that the school was “committed to Coach Ewing, and we are working with him to evaluate every aspect of the men’s basketball program and make the necessary changes to get us back on the path to success for next year.”
This is Ewing’s first head coaching job at any level — he served as an assistant in the NBA after his Hall of Fame career ended — and he signed a six-year contract when he was hired by Georgetown in 2017. After the Hoyas reached the NCAA Tournament in 2021 And Ewing received an extension that guarantees his entire contract through 2026.
Ewing’s roster has seen frequent turnover due to student transfers away from Georgetown, and prior to the start of the season, he overhauled his staff by replacing all three assistants and bringing in several transfer players, including Spears, who came from Duquesne.
“I’m a very proud person, and Georgetown is a very proud university,” Ewing said in his post-game press conference Wednesday, “and we don’t want to be associated with a losing streak, but that’s what it is.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.