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Georgetown icon Patrick Ewing now being considered for Hoyas head coach position

Georgetown icon Patrick Ewing now being considered for Hoyas head coach position

Georgetown made the move many thought they wouldn't make, firing John Thompson III following a disappointing 2016-17 season on Thursday afternoon.

The Hoyas are still inquiring about potential candidates. But one former star currently enjoying life as a NBA associate head coach could be at the top of the program's list.

Patrick Ewing, who was coached by Thompson Jr., was a three-time All-American player and a 1984 NCAA champion is thought to be a top possible candidate for the now open head coach position, according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.

On Thursday, Wojnarowski reported that Ewing was very happy in his current position with the Charlotte Hornets. But as Wojnarowski points out, Ewing's son is currently on the Georgetown staff and this position represents perhaps his best chance to get a head coaching job after being passed over many times in the NBA. 

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But the reason the job is open may be the reason Ewing doesn't take the job.

Ewing considers Thompson Jr. a second father. Ewing was also a fan of the team under John Thompson III’s leadership and even expressed grief over his dismissal. So, naturally this could seem like a stab in the back if he were to take the position.

Nothing is set in stone, but, Ewing really does seem like the ideal candidate.

If the Hoyas want to keep the head coaching position within the family — Ewing is the next best thing.

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Derrickson's late 3 gives Hoyas win over Seton Hall

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Derrickson's late 3 gives Hoyas win over Seton Hall

Marcus Derrickson scored 22 points, grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds and hit the game-winning 3-pointer on Saturday as Georgetown beat Seton Hall 83-80.

Derrickson got an open look on a deep 3 near the end of the shot clock and buried it with 4.2 seconds left:

 He was also fouled on the close out by Khadeen Carrington but missed the foul shot. Myles Powell, who finished with 25 points for the Pirates, missed a 3-point attempt as time ran out.

Jamorko Pickett added 18 points and Jessie Govan scored 11 for the Hoyas (14-10, 4-9 Big East), who had a 17-point lead from early in the second half erased by the six-minute mark.

Angel Delgado's layup with 5:36 to play capped a 10-0 run and gave Seton Hall (17-8, 6-6) its first lead of the game at 69-67.

Desi Rodriguez added 24 points and Delgado scored 12 for the Pirates.

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.