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Sport Patrick Ewing, Georgetown suddenly lose two key players after slow start to season

04:15  03 december  2019
04:15  03 december  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Ewing wins big again at MSG, Hoyas knock off No. 22 Texas

  Ewing wins big again at MSG, Hoyas knock off No. 22 Texas Patrick Ewing-coached Georgetown posted an 82-66 victory over No. 22 Texas on Thursday night. The Hoyas (4-1) used a 12-0 run early in the second half that rallied the crowd and had "Let's go Hoyas!" chants echoing throughout the arena. With his retired No. 33 New York Knicks jersey hanging in the rafters, Ewing helped orchestrate another wild one at his favorite arena.“This is still my home. I still have a lot of fans here, still a lot of family here, still have a lot of supporters here, so it was a great night,” Ewing said. “And my team, these guys stepped up and got the job done.

Georgetown players , including Georgetown forward Jamorko Pickett (1) and center Jessie Govan Georgetown (15-15) — which probably saw the first season of the Ewing era end, barring an Georgetown lost offensive rhythm in the second half, and not enough players aside from Jessie

Georgetown 's worst start to a basketball season since Patrick Ewing took over the program is quickly getting worse. In the aftermath of falling to a 4-3 record " Georgetown University men's basketball players James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc will not be playing for the men's basketball team effective

Patrick Ewing’s quest to lead Georgetown back to the NCAA tournament just suffered a major blow.

Patrick Ewing wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing announced on Monday night that Hoyas point guard James Akinjo and forward Josh LeBlanc are no longer with the program. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)© Provided by Yahoo! Sports Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing announced on Monday night that Hoyas point guard James Akinjo and forward Josh LeBlanc are no longer with the program. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Starting point guard James Akinjo and forward Josh LeBlanc are no longer with the program and have entered the NCAA transfer portal, Ewing announced on Monday night.

It’s not clear exactly what led to both Akinjo and LeBlanc’s departure from the program, or if the departures are connected.

Akinjo, who was named the Big East Rookie of the Year last season, has averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 assists in his first seven games with the Hoyas this season. LeBlanc, who was a four star recruit and was named to the Big East All-Freshman team last year, has averaged 7.2 points and 2.7 rebounds off the bench so far this season.

Georgetown has struggled since Ewing took over the program at the start of the 2017-18 season, and has failed to earn an NCAA Tournament bid since 2015. Losing its starting point guard and a key bench player after the season has already started, however, certainly doesn’t help that goal.

Ewing: Hoyas' full roster available vs. Syracuse as of now

  Ewing: Hoyas' full roster available vs. Syracuse as of now WASHINGTON (AP) — It was hard not to do a double-take when Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing answered a question Wednesday about whether his full roster will be available for the team's next game by saying, “As of now, yes.” Ewing and the Hoyas are in a bit of an “as of now” world at the moment. Saturday's game against former Big East rival Syracuse will be Georgetown's first at home since legal matters for three players came to light after the school announced last week that one, leading reserve Josh LeBlanc, would be transferring.

Patrick Ewing looking to return Georgetown to its former glory. It was last January when Ewing walked into Madison Square Garden to play Mullin’s St. John’s team for the first It is also a business Ewing is in largely due to his old rival. After his one season in Seattle, and a curtain call in Orlando

Patrick Ewing , if anything, has overachieved. He has Georgetown , at 16-11 overall and 6-8 in Less than two seasons in, however, it appears the Hoyas were the smart ones by picking their former Under Ewing , Georgetown is playing an exciting brand of basketball, leading the Big East in scoring

Georgetown has dropped games against No. 10 Duke and fell to Penn State by 15 points already this season, and are fresh off a four-point loss on Saturday to UNC Greensboro. The Hoyas are set to take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater next on Wednesday night, part of the Big 12-Big East Challenge.

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