NEW YORK -- Shamorie Ponds scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting to become the third freshman in St. John's history to score 500 points in a season, and the Red Storm rallied to beat Georgetown 86-80 on Saturday to end a two-game skid.
Bashir Ahmed and Frederico Mussini scored 16 apiece for St. John's (13-16, 7-9 Big East), which was outrebounded 36-29 but scored 25 points off 22 Georgetown turnovers.
Ahmed's 3-pointer put St. John's up by seven, 48-41, early in the second half. Georgetown closed to within a point four times but the Red Storm found answers and led by nine, 76-67, on Amar Alibegovic's dunk with 2:14 left. Georgetown scored six straight and closed to 78-77, then to 82-80 on L.J. Peak's 3-point play with 25 seconds left. Marcus Lovett and Malik Ellison each hit two from the line and St. John's held on.
Mussini scored 11 in a 17-0 St. John's run for a 29-18 lead, but Georgetown rallied with a 17-0 run and led 36-35 at halftime.
Rodney Pryor scored 22 points with five 3-pointers and Peak added 20 for Georgetown (14-15, 5-11), which has lost three straight.
Patrick Ewing gave his first public interview as new Georgetown Hoyas head coach on Wednesday morning, during an appearance on 106.7 The Fan's "Sports Junkies" (Which airs live on CSN Mid-Atlantic).
The Hoya legend and longtime NBA assistant coach touched on a wide variety of subjects with "The Junks" but nothing stood out more than this line about what he plans to do with the current staff, namely his son, Patrick Ewing Jr.
"I wish that could be the case," the Hoyas head coach said when asked if his son, former Georgetown forward and current Director of Basketball Operations, would stay on staff.
"They [Georgetown University] has a nepotism clause and unfortunately they stand by it."
It's an odd clause to have in place at any program.
But even more strange considering the university had employed John Thompson III, the son of iconic head coach John Thompson Jr. as head basketball coach for 13 years, up until his firing two weeks ago.
While Ewing did not clarify if the rule is new or not, it's hard to imagine the rule was in place during JTIII's tenure.
But with John Thompson Jr. still clearly lording over the program some 18 years after he retired, perhaps the program is hoping to protect their brand from something like this happening again.
Georgetown has hired former player and NBA Hall-of-Famer, Patrick Ewing, as the program's new head coach, a source confirmed to CSN Mid-Atlantic on Monday.
Ewing will replace the vacant position left by the firing of John Thompson III after 13 seasons at the helm.
Ewing was a primary candidate for the opening as soon as it became available, although the school also reached out to the likes of Texas' Shaka Smart, Harvard's Tommy Amaker and Rhode Island's Danny Hurley.
The university hired a search firm to help zero in on candidates before ultimately settling with the program's most iconic player.
With the Hoyas, the 54-year-old was a three-time All-American that helped carry the program to their lone NCAA tournament title. Drafted by the New York Knicks, he is also an 11-time NBA All-Star and the 1986 Rookie of the Year.
He will be the 18th head coach in Georgetown's history, it will be Ewing's first head coaching job after four different jobs as an assistant in the NBA.
Ewing is already working on assembling a new staff, which is likely to include his son Patrick Ewing Jr., who was a part of the Hoyas' 2007 Final Four team and has served as the Hoyas' director of basketball operations since 2015.