WASHINGTON, D.C. — The head coaching era for Patrick Ewing with the Georgetown Hoyas officially got underway on Sunday afternoon inside Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Ewing returned to his alma mater this off-season to become the latest head coach of the Hoyas. In his regular season head coaching debut, Georgetown welcomed the Jacksonville Dolphins to town to kick off the 2017-18 season.
Jacksonville was coming off a season-opening loss at the hands of the UAB Blazers on Friday, 96-67, and were looking to get in the win column.
Georgetown took an early lead on Sunday afternoon, as Jamorko Pickett hit a three pointer less than a minute in for the first points of the season for the Hoyas. From there, Georgetown would never trail on the day, and they rolled to the 73-57 victory over the Dolphins.
Following Pickett’s three for the Hoyas, Tanner Rubio hit a three to the tie game at 3-all early on. That was the only time the two teams would be tied, as Georgetown slowly built their lead over the course of the afternoon.
Jessie Govan answered Rubio’s trifecta with five straight points for the Hoyas. Georgetown rattled off a 12-0 run shortly thereafter to push their lead to 13 points at the halfway point of the opening frame, at 20-7.
Govan finished the afternoon with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
As the first half wore on, the Hoyas built upon their lead and looked to put the game out of reach. Marcus Derrickson hit a triple just before the end of the half to send Georgetown into the break with a 36-20 edge.
The second half was pretty evenly matched, as each team put up 37 points in the frame. Georgetown’s lead would reach as many as 24 points, as a jumper from Jagan Mosley with 5:05 to play put the home side ahead 66-42.
Jacksonville threatened the lead of the Hoyas in the second half, and Georgetown opened the Patrick Ewing era with a 73-57 victory over the Dolphins.
Freshman guard JD Notae posted his second straight 18-point performance to open his career with the Dolphins. Notae also shot an even 50% from three point range for the second game in a row.
Tanner Rubio chipped in with 15 points and five rebounds in the loss.
Marcus Derrickson and Jessie Govan recorded 20 points apiece, and the duo shot a combined 15-of-26 from the field. Govan pulled down 15 rebounds for the first of what should be many double-double games in 2017-18.
Jagan Mosley came off the bench and chipped in nine points and three assists.
Following their second straight loss to open the season, the Jacksonville Dolphins (0-2) now have six days to prepare for their home opener. Jacksonville will welcome the North Carolina A&T Aggies to town on Saturday, November 18th.
With his first head coaching win under his belt, Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas (1-0) now turn their attention to the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers, who come to town Wednesday night.
– T. Bennett