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LINKS: Ewing, Hoyas Still Have Healthy Hatred of Orange

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The Georgetown Hoyas continue their roller coaster December by hosting the hated Syracuse Orange on Saturday.

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Crisis averted thanks to a pair of road wins, Georgetown has a new outlook | THEATHLETIC

The Hoyas recorded 26 dimes on their 34 made field goals against the Mustangs. This is always an emphasis of Ewing’s approach; his first two Georgetown teams ranked second (65.2 percent) and 15th (60.6 percent) in the country in assist rate. His 2019-20 team hadn’t come close to approaching that mark. Saturday’s rate of 77 percent was by far a season-high. “We shared the ball,” Ewing says. “The ball didn’t stick. The ball movement was a lot better than it had been in the past. Nothing to say negative about those guys that are leaving, because they are, or they did, do some great things to help our program. They will be missed. But guys are just stepping up.”

Patrick Ewing praises Hoyas for sticking together amid week of bad news | M.WASHINGTONTIMES

Being away from campus for a few days likely helped the players focus more on basketball and less about the transfers. “I’m sure it was (helpful). It’s always good to regroup and focus, especially when adversity sets in,” Ewing said. “We were on the road. We were isolated. We were focused on just (playing).” The turmoil may have died down now, but it’s not necessarily over. Myron Gardner and Galen Alexander are still being investigated by the university’s Office of Student Conduct over complaints filed against them in D.C. Superior Court.

Ewing: Hoyas’ Full Roster Available Vs. Syracuse as of Now | Sports News | US News | USNEWS

Asked about possible school discipline for Alexander or Gardner, Ewing replied: “Because of legal issues, there are some certain things I can’t even talk about.” “It’s none of, really, my business,” starting guard Mac McClung said. “I wish the best for those guys.” McClung averaged 26 points in the first two games Georgetown (6-3) played without Akinjo and LeBlanc, road wins over previously unbeaten opponents Oklahoma State and SMU.

SU-Georgetown hasn’t reached its expiration date yet | SYRACUSE

In the four games Syracuse and Georgetown have played since the Orange left the Big East, no game has been decided by more than seven points...

In the [] games prior, Georgetown spoiled SU’s Pearl Washington celebration at the Dome and Mike Hopkins’ forced head coaching debut by defeating the Orange. These games still matter and are still entertaining.

The headlines going in this year? Syracuse (5-4) heads to D.C. with renewed confidence after a 97-63 win over Georgia Tech, but still in desperate need of a quality non-conference win for its NCAA Tournament resume. Georgetown ranks No. 46 in the latest KenPom rankings and would fit that bill.

SU off to worst start in 50 years after loss to Iowa | SYRACUSE

Syracuse is now 0-4 this season against major conference teams with road games at Georgia Tech and Georgetown up next on the schedule. Syracuse’s losses to Virginia, Oklahoma State, Penn State and Iowa have come by an average of 15.6 points.

Big East What To Watch: Week Six | ANONYMOUSEAGLE

Fresh off a dismissal and a transfer and amidst an ongoing investigation into other legal matters, Georgetown went out and won two road games this past week. Whatever else you want to say about how Patrick Ewing’s running his team — and most of what you could say holds at least some measure of truth at this point — you can’t argue that he didn’t get two quality results on the court. On Saturday, they host their hated rivals in the Orange. Syracuse is just 5-4 this season and they are just 1-4 against Major Seven opponents this season. In fact, they already lost on a neutral floor to the Oklahoma State team that Georgetown just beat.

Syracuse Basketball: Top keys to Orange vs Georgetown clash | INSIDETHELOUDHOUSE

In examining various statistical categories, it’s evident that the Orange will have to take advantage of the Hoyas’ careless miscues, as Georgetown coughs up 16.7 turnovers per game. Since the Hoyas are a fierce offensive unit, averaging 79.4 points every 40 minutes, it’s pivotal for the ‘Cuse to convert Georgetown’s mistakes into easy buckets out in transition, particularly if Syracuse’s deep threats are struggling.

Despite the magnificent display that the Orange enacted against the Yellow Jackets, the Hoyas still hold higher shooting percentages from the field, the charity stripe, and 3-point land. Georgetown also commands an edge on the glass and in blocks, while the ‘Cuse is better with assists, steals and points allowed – by a wide margin of more than 11 points in this last area.

Syracuse guard Howard Washington dishes out career-high eight assists in win over Georgia Tech | NUNESMAGICIAN

In Saturday’s 97-63 victory over Georgia Tech, Syracuse Orange men’s basketball players Elijah Hughes and Buddy Boeheim reached career-highs in points. Hughes dropped 33 and Boeheim poured in 26 on six 3s apiece. But perhaps overshadowed by the point total was Howard Washington’s career-high. The sophomore point guard dished out a career best eight assists in just 17 minutes of play. Washington’s first assist came on a Boeheim 3-pointer with 6:37 remaining in the first half. His seventh and eighth came in the game’s waning moments on a pair of feeds to Jesse Edwards with a victory well in hand. Three of Washington’s eight dimes were set up for 3s.

Patrick Ewing isn’t happy with the Knicks firing David Fizdale | NYPOST

Knicks legend Patrick Ewing expressed his displeasure with his former team’s recent firing of Fizdale, noting how much respect he has for the ex-coach while speaking on his weekly SiriusXM show “Center Court with Patrick Ewing” on Monday. “Very disappointed in that,” the Georgetown coach said of the firing. “I think that Fiz is an outstanding coach. I’ve had an opportunity to get to know him over the years, met him when he was working for the Hawks. And just want to let him know that I support him, and I know he’s looking forward to his next opportunity. “He is a very good coach, and I was disappointed to see him getting let go.”