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Georgetown fires John Thompson III, source confirms

Georgetown fires John Thompson III, source confirms

John Thompson III is out as head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas, a source close to the situation confirmed to CSN Mid-Atlantic Thursday afternoon. The news was first reported by Casual Hoya

Thompson, the son of iconic Hoya head coach John Thompson Jr., took the helm in 2004 and led the Hoyas to the 2007 NCAA Tournament Final Four, but the Hoyas had failed to make a Sweet Sixteen since then and missed out on the NCAA Tournament in three of the last four seasons.

The Hoyas finished the 2016-17 season with a 14-18 record and finished 5-13 in the Big East, good enough for ninth place.

It was the Hoyas' worst finish since the 2003-04 season, when Craig Esherick led the team to a 13-14 record and 4-12 in the Big East.

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JTIII had come under great scrutiny recently for the program's inability to advance past the first weekend in the NCAA Tournament. Coupled with an outdated offense and a slow decline on the recruiting trail, the 2016-17 season was a big one for the Hoyas. After beating USC Upstate in the season opener, the team blew a late lead against local rivals Maryland and then were defeated by Arkansas State at McDonough Gymnasium.

The Hoyas began the Big East schedule with four consecutive losses, but appeared to turn things around with consecutive wins over ranked Creighton and Butler teams. But the Hoyas finished the Big East regular season with six straight losses, including an embarrassing home loss to perennial Big East cellar dweller DePaul.

Before the season began, sources told CSN Mid-Atlantic that there were no plans to remove Thompson III as head coach as the program unveiled the brand new, $62 million John R. Thompson Jr. Athletic Center, named after his father. Even as the season took a turn for the disappointing, sources reiterated that the university did not intend to fire Thompson III before the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

However, a few days after the Hoyas' season came to a disappointing end, four-star point guard recruit Tremont Waters, the No. 33 recruit in the class of 2017, decommitted from the program and a week later, star forward L.J. Peak announced his intentions on entering the NBA Draft. 

Thompson finished his 13-year run with a 278-151 overall record, leading the Hoyas to three Big East regular season championships, one Big East Tournament championship and the 2007 Final Four. He guided the Hoyas to eight NCAA Tournaments, finishing with an 8-8 record in March Madness.

An interesting aspect of what the university does now stems from the presence of JTIII's father, who has remained a staple at practices, games and press conferences. Georgetown has a relationship with Nike because of "Big John," with the apparel company allocating funds for the Hoyas' head coaching salary.

But with Georgetown now looking for replacements for JTIII, and source told CSN Mid-Atlantic on Thursday that several coaches have inquired about just how big of a presence the elder Thompson will have. 

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Villanova crushes Georgetown for worst Hoyas loss in 40 years

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Villanova crushes Georgetown for worst Hoyas loss in 40 years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top-ranked Villanova led by as many as 44 points -- 44! -- and gave Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing a rude welcome back to the schools' rivalry, handing the Hoyas their worst loss in more than 40 years, 88-56 on Wednesday night.

Jalen Brunson led the way with 18 points and seven assists for Villanova (17-1, 5-1 Big East), which finished 17 for 33 on 3s, while Georgetown went 4 for 15.

Mikal Bridges scored 17 for the Wildcats, winners of seven consecutive games against the Hoyas, Villanova's longest streak in a series that dates to 1922.

The last time Ewing faced Villanova in any capacity was in the last game of his college playing career at Georgetown, a surprising 66-64 victory for the underdog Wildcats in the 1985 NCAA championship game. It was quite clear, quite quickly, on Wednesday that there would be no such tight outcome --nor any chance of an upset by Georgetown (12-6, 2-5).

This is Ewing's first season as a head coach at any level, and he opted to go with an easy-as-can-be non-conference schedule to try to build his players' confidence. Now that league play is underway, especially against a foe like Villanova, the gap between the Hoyas and the best teams is obvious.

It was 42-20 at halftime, and Georgetown to that point had more turnovers (nine) than made baskets, shooting 8 for 26, including 0 for 8 on 3s.

Villanova just kept pushing the margin after the break, going up by 30, then 40, and then reaching the apex at 88-44 on a layup by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree with about 3 minutes remaining. Less than a minute later, Villanova coach Jay Wright finally sent on the subs and pulled any remaining starters.

Despite hot start, Georgetown falls to 13th-ranked Seton Hall

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Despite hot start, Georgetown falls to 13th-ranked Seton Hall

NEWARK, N.J. -- On Friday night, after No. 13 Seton Hall practiced for the final time before playing Georgetown on Saturday, the Pirates had a special guest -- none other than former Pirates coach P.J. Carlesimo.

Carlesimo, who led Seton Hall from 1982 through 1994, was in town for a special 25th anniversary presentation honoring his 1992-93 Pirates team that won both the Big East regular season and tournament championships. He paid a visit to practice and spoke to the team.

"P.J's message was if you want to be good in March, you have to be good now," said Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard, after his team defeated Georgetown 74-61. "It was a really good message for my guys. It was good to be able to pick his brain and listen to the stories he tells. I can't measure what he's done for the school. I'm still waiting for us to put up a statue of him for everything he did."

The Pirates were very good Saturday, coming off a tough 20-point setback to Marquette on Tuesday.

"I thought they played hard against Marquette, but just didn't have it emotionally," Willard said. "I'm proud of the way we played today."

Desi Rodriguez and Myles Powell each scored 19 points to lead the Pirates. Powell was especially fired up after the team's sluggish performance against Marquette.

"I had a good week of practice," Powell said. "The four seniors (Rodriguez, Khadeen Carrington, Angel Delgado and Ismael Sanogo) all came to me and told me I had to shoot more, be aggressive, go to the basket. They wanted me to bring some energy and that's what I did."

The Pirates (15-3, 4-1 Big East), who remained undefeated at home (11-0), received 11 points and 13 rebounds from Delgado.

The Hoyas (12-5, 2-4) were led by Marcus Derrickson, who scored 18 points. Jahvon Blair and Jessie Govan scored 11 points each.

The Hoyas controlled the action early on, jumping out to a 12-3 lead, but the Pirates outscored the Hoyas 29-10 over the final 11 minutes of the first half to take a 44-31 lead.

"We got off to a good start, but then we started turning the ball over," Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing said. "We let them back into the game. We can't turn it over that way. We missed layups. We need to get easy baskets. Our offense needs to improve. As a team, we have to stop turning it over."

The Pirates led by as many as 16 in the second half, but the Hoyas cut the lead to 60-52 with 8 minutes left on a steal and a layup by Trey Dickerson.

But the Pirates got a power move from Delgado who pushed the lead back into double digits at 62-52 with 6:29 remaining.

Rodriguez made a driving shot in the lane with the shot clock set to expire that gave the Pirates a 69-54 lead with 3:28 left.

"I was really impressed with the way we played today," Willard said. "We had only one practice in five days. Defensively, we picked up our energy. I was impressed with the way they came back after a real sluggish week."