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NCAA Basketball: Big East Conference Tournament Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Below is some linkage after Georgetown’s loss to St. John’s in the 2018 Big East Tournament:

Patrick Ewing’s first season as Georgetown coach ends with loss to St. John’s | WaPo

Georgetown (15-15) — which probably saw the first season of the Ewing era end, barring an invitation to a second-tier postseason tournament — suffered from the same flaws that have dogged the Hoyas all year: After a quick first-half burst, Georgetown grew complacent in the second half. Poor ball security led to 19 St. John’s points off 14 Hoyas turnovers. Georgetown lost offensive rhythm in the second half, and not enough players aside from Jessie Govan (28 points, 11 rebounds) and Marcus Derrickson (20 points, eight rebounds) stepped up to fill in the gap…There were warts on the season — late-game execution was a concern as the Hoyas lost six conference games by five points or fewer and eight games overall by eight points or fewer — but both Ewing and opposing coaches could see a transformation as the season progressed…”He’s done a tremendous job in his first year, not only record-wise, but I think the way they play, the type of team they are,” Mullin said. “To me, it resembles him. They’re aggressive, unselfish, they work hard, and he’s very demanding. That’s who he is.”

Georgetown bows out of Big East Tournament with loss to St. John’s | The Washington Times

Both teams hit 16 field goals and seven free throws in the first half; all that separated the Hoyas was their nine 3-pointers, while the Red Storm went 3-for-12. [] Mullin said the Red Storm switched from double-teaming Derrickson and Govan in the first half to traditional man-to-man in the second. He “tried everything” at halftime to inspire his team’s defense, and a swith flipped. [] “I think we really just got more aggressive,” Mullin said. “I thought Marvin (Clark) pressed up on Derrickson more beyond the 3-point line. I thought Tariq (Owens) put more pressure on, and Amar (Alibegovic) did a good job on Govan”… “We just got too happy with [three-point shot]. We stuck with it too much,” Ewing said. “If you look at our guys, Marcus took 11. He took 12 (total) shots and 11 of his shots were threes. That’s not good for us. He has to be able to score in the post along with shooting his threes.”

…”I don’t think it was their bigs. I think we just couldn’t stop the drive,” Govan said. “Their guards were getting into the paint, and I wasn’t altering enough shots. They were just blowing right by us. It’s like nobody was down there. They were getting wide-open layups, pretty much, and and-ones.”

Chris Mullin beats Ewing this time as St. John’s advances | NYPost

After a defense-optional first half in which Georgetown (15-15) shot 51 percent from the field and led by six, St. John’s got back to basics, and frustrated Georgetown with its quickness, activity and fast hands. The Hoyas managed just 11 points over the first 10:47, and in that time, the Red Storm took control. An 11-2 run, fueled by Ponds, Simon and Tariq Owens (13 points, seven rebounds), gave them a 67-59 lead with 9:17 left. The second half was a clinic. St. John’s shot 51 percent from the field, committed two turnovers, and limited Georgetown to 25 percent shooting.

Lightning Strikes Twice: Men’s Basketball Eliminated By St. John’s For The Second Straight Year | The Georgetown Voice

”I thought in the first half they got too many open looks, too many walk-in threes,” St. John’s head coach Chris Mullin said. “We were fortunate to be only down six at halftime.” [] The Red Storm came out strong in the second half, however, and the Hoyas went cold…Outside of Govan and Derrickson, the Hoyas’ offense struggled throughout the game. Freshman guards Jamorko Pickett and Jahvon Blair, both selected to the Big East all-freshman team, went a combined 0-12 from the floor…”Jessie and Marcus, based on their stat sheet, they brought their A game,” Ewing said. “But no one else really stepped up.”

St. John’s Dominant Second Half Leads To Victory Over Georgetown | LWOS

St. John’s dominated the final 20 minutes of this game. They outscored Georgetown by 17 in the second half. The Hoyas got into foul trouble early. They put St. John’s in the bonus with 9:49 left in the game. [] St. John’s would take advantage of this and shoot 21-26 from the line. The story of the second half was Simon. He got St. John’s rolling when he converted two three-point plays. This is when the Red Storm took over momentum and got this crowd into it.

Georgetown falls to St. John’s in 1st round of Big East Tournament | WJLA

The game was not a typical Big East postseason game. There was little defense as both teams went up and down the court with the Hoyas taking a 48-42 halftime lead with Govan scoring 20 points. Ponds had 13 for the Red Storm…The Hoyas needed more scoring help from their three other starters. Jamorko Pickett (two points), Jonathan Mulmore (four) and Kaleb Johnson combined for six points on 1-of-11 shooting. They were averaging a combined 23.7 points.