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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 Coupled with an outdated offense and a slow decline on the recruiting trail, the 2016-17 season was a big one for the Hoyas.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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Georgetown will look to Big East Tournament after falling to Wildcats

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Georgetown will look to Big East Tournament after falling to Wildcats

PHILADELPHIA -- Jay Wright moved into a tie atop Villanova's career wins list with 413 in No. 4 Villanova's 97-73 win over Georgetown on Saturday night.

Wright improved to 413-165 since he took the job in 2001 and has led the Wildcats to the 2009 Final Four and 2016 national championship. He matched Al Severance, who went 413-201 from 1936-1961. Wright can top Severance with a win in the Big East Tournament.

The Wildcats head to Madison Square Garden as the No. 2 seed after their run of four straight regular-season conference titles was ended by Xavier.

There's little worry on the Main Line that Villanova can't make a deep run in the postseason. The Wildcats (27-4, 14-4 Big East) beat champion Xavier twice this season and will surely be a No. 1 or 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

They used the Hoyas (15-14, 5-13) as little more than a tune-up in the finale and took a 15-point lead in the first half that was never seriously challenged. Mikal Bridges scored 24 points and Jalen Brunson solidified his player of the year candidacy with 16 points and seven assists.

Yes, the Wildcats had been upset at the Wells Fargo Center this season by St. John's, a team that was winless in the Big East, but the outcome seemed a mere formality against Patrick Ewing's Hoyas.

The Hoyas missed all nine 3s in the first half. Jesse Govan scored 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and he went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.

The second half served as a mere countdown toward Wright's ascension to a share of the top of the record book.

Wright led the Wildcats, who won the 1985 national title under his mentor Rollie Massimino, to their greatest run of success in program history. They've won at least 32 games each of the previous three seasons and he's led them to the NCAAs all but one year (2012) since 2005.

Wright, a Churchville, Pennsylvania native, played college basketball at Bucknell and started as an assistant at Rochester and Drexel. He spent five seasons at Villanova as Massimino's assistant, then followed him to UNLV for another two years before taking the head coaching job at Hofstra in 1994.

Hired in 2001 to replace Steve Lappas, Wright took the Wildcats to the top of every meaningful stat -- including an eight-week stint this year at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll.

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.