WASHINGTON – Attempting to overcome insurmountable obstacles must be the theme of the Georgetown Hoyas season with what they’ve had to battle through this year.
Whether it is players transferring out of the program, key injuries mounting up, massive foul trouble or a nightmarish shooting performance, the Hoyas have seen it all. Most nights the impediments are simply too much to overcome in a highly competitive Big East.
Other nights, they put the class of the conference on the ropes.
Everything was against the Hoyas at home on Wednesday against No. 12 Seton Hall. Georgetown was down to a six-man rotation with their leading scorer Mac McClung missing his second straight game. Myles Powell had dropped another masterful performance, scoring 21 of his 34 points in the first half. Quincy McKnight dished out 10 assists. Romaro Gill shut down the Hoyas’ interior offense with eight blocks on the night.
Yet, the Hoyas kept it close. Slowly they erased a massive 16-0 deficit they put themselves in to start the contest. Early in the second half, the Hoyas had clawed back into it. Suddenly, the fighting Patrick Ewings were within two possessions and they kept it there. They survived nearly every blow that Seton Hall tried to dish out at them.
Georgetown kept it formidable, considering everything going against them. In the end, they ultimately fell to the conference-leading Pirates 78-71.
And it's not the first time the Hoyas showed tremendous fortitude. They came back from being down 17 on the road to beat St. John's in their last contest. Even in a loss, it's a result that head coach Patrick Ewing can be proud of.
“I’m proud of my team, even though we lost, I’m very proud of them. We got down big, but we fought, came back, cut it to four at one point,” Ewing said. “[Coming back from down 16-0] says a lot. Like I said I’m very proud of them. I’m proud of the effort. We kept fighting and we could have easily let go when they went up big to start the game. But we kept our composure, we kept fighting, chipping away.”
Georgetown did it in a variety of ways. Much like the rest of the season, they did it with help from everyone down the roster.
Terrell Allen kept the Pirates from expanding their lead by scoring all of his 11 during a four-minute spurt in the first half. His surge got the Hoyas to within six points and made it a ball game again.
Second-chance points, 29 of them, behind Omer Yurtseven consistently provided them offense in dire moments. They finished through contact, got to the free-throw line and converted (21-for-24).
Georgetown fought to the final possession. Every time it appeared the Pirates were going to run away off a magical Powell bucket, they answered.
But in the end, they could not make shots. On the night they shot an abysmal 34% from the field and was 4-for-21 (19%) from deep.
“Everybody has a great outlook and we’re always competing,” Ewing said postgame.
“All we try to tell them is take your shots when you have them. Just keep on playing hard. Energy. Effort. Defend. Rebound. All the same things we’ve been doing all year.”
This result won’t hang over them long. The Hoyas (13-10, 3-7) have a great chance at another victory when they host DePaul three days later. Maybe McClung will be back as he is still day-to-day with his foot injury. But the Hoyas cannot afford to rely on that. His team is not going to feel sorry for themselves.
“It’s going to wear on you, but that’s what sports is all about. It’s not like the NBA where you can call up a 10-day contract for a guy to come and help you out. There’s no cavalry coming over the hill. We’re going to have to get it done.”
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