Georgetown beats DePaul, ends Big East’s 29-game losing streak under Patrick Ewing dating from 2021

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 21: Coach Patrick Ewing of the Georgetown Hoyas looks on at halftime against the Xavier Knights at Cintas Center on January 21, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Dylan Boyle/Getty Images)

Patrick Ewing’s Hoyas take their first Big East victory Tuesday since 2021 (Dylan Buell / Getty Images)

It was a tough experience at Georgetown under Patrick Ewing.

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

The win snapped a 29-game regular season losing streak that spanned the entire 2021-22 campaign and dated back to the spring of 2021. The Hoyas’ final regular season win in the Big East came against Xavier on March 2, 2021. They haven’t won a Big East game out of What kind since a 73-48 win over Creighton on March 13, 2021 to crown a conference championship. It was an unexpected ride to the title after the Hoyas finished 7-9 in the Big East in the regular season. It was all downhill from there.

Georgetown finished 0-19 in conference play and 6-25 overall last season with pressure mounting 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, is back for the season. Things weren’t much better.

The Hoyas got off to a 2-0 start with wins over Coppin State and Green Bay. But they’ve lost 15 of their 18 games since entering Tuesday, including nine straight games in Big East play. Tuesday’s win broke a 10-game total losing streak dating back to a December 7 win over Siena. The Hoyas improved to 6-15 overall and 1-9 in conference play. One win isn’t much in the grand scheme. But it was a relief from the unprecedented program’s futility.

Freshman Primo Spurs led 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 limit with size at the free throw line, connecting on 27 of 41 (65.9%) attempts, more than double DePaul’s output of 11 of 19 (57.9%) at the bar. Georgetown limited itself to seven turnovers while DePaul gave up the ball 12 times.

The Hoyas will be looking to snap a two-game winning streak when they visit St. John’s on Sunday.

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