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Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing rips into team after loss: ‘Big John is rolling over in his grave’

Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing was critical of his team after a 92-64 loss to Marquette on Friday, saying he was “disappointed in his team’s performance.” The Hoyas shot just 29.9 percent from the field while allowing the Golden Eagles to hit on nearly 60 percent of their attempts.

“This is not what Georgetown basketball is about. Big John is rolling over in his grave for the performance we showed tonight,” Ewing said. “This is not what I’m about. This is not what my team’s about.”

Ewing was referencing late Hoya legend John Thompson, who coached the program from 1972-1999 before retiring. During that span, Thompson coached Ewing from 1981-1985, winning the NCAA championship together in 1984. Thompson passed away at his home in Virginia in August 2020.

Ewing took over as head coach of the Georgetown program ahead of the 2017-18 season after Thompson’s son, John Thompson III, was fired following 13 seasons at the helm. In his fifth season, Ewing boasts a 68-65 overall record, one NCAA Tournament appearance and one Big East tournament title.

Friday’s loss dropped the Hoyas to 6-6 on the season. They have nearly a week off before hosting Butler on Thursday.

“Everybody is on notice. If they want to play, they’re going to have to friggin’ play,” Ewing said before ending his media session.

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