Georgetown defeats DePaul to end 29-game Big East losing streak under 2021 Patrick Ewing


Patrick Ewing’s Hoyas took their first Big East win since 2021 on Tuesday. (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

It was a difficult period in Georgetown under Patrick Ewing.

But one of the darkest phases of Hoyas basketball is finally over. Georgetown recorded an 81-76 victory over DePaul on Tuesday for his first Big East win of the season. In fact, it’s Georgetown’s first Big East win in multiple seasons.

The win broke a 29-game Big East losing streak of 29 games that spanned the entire 2021-22 season and dates back to the spring of 2021. Hoyas’ last regular season win in the Big East came on March 2, 2021 against Xavier . had not won a single Big East game since a 73-48 victory over Creighton on March 13, 2021 to cap off a conference tournament championship. It was an unexpected run-up to the title after the Hoyas finished 7-9 in the Big East in the regular season. From there it has gone downhill.

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Georgetown finished 0-19 in conference play and 6-25 overall last season as pressure mounted on Ewing in his fifth season as head coach. But Ewing, a Hall of Fame player and program icon who led the Hoyas to a national championship in 1984, returned for this season. Things haven’t been much better.

The Hoyas started 2-0 with wins over Coppin State and Green Bay. But they had lost 15 of 18 games since they started on Tuesday, including nine consecutive games in the Big East. Tuesday’s victory snapped an overall 10-game losing streak stretching back to a December 7 victory over Siena. The Hoyas improved to 6-15 overall and 1-9 in conference play. One win isn’t much in the grand scheme of things. But it was a relief from the program’s unprecedented futility.

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Sophomore guard Primo Spears led the way on Tuesday with 21 points, six assists and four rebounds. Georgetown allowed DePaul to shoot 49.2% from the field and 46.7% (7 of 15) from 3-point range. But the Hoyas found their lead with volume at the free-throw line, where they connected on 27 of 41 (65.9%) attempts, more than doubling DePaul’s 11-of-19 (57.9%) output at the stripe. Georgetown was limited to seven ball losses while DePaul conceded 12 times.

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The Hoyas will try to make it a two-game winning streak when they visit St. John’s on Sunday.


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