Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
There have been quite a few games this season where the Hoyas were right there within striking range of winning a game.. tonight was no different against St. Johns, however it was the same final result, another L for the Hoyas, 79-70.
Brandon Murray led the way for the Hoyas (7-22, 2-16) with 25 points and three steals. Georgetown also got 16 points, seven assists and two steals from Jay Heath. Primo Spears put up 11 points.
Murray who basically carried the Hoyas for the second half of tonight’s game had one of his best games in weeks tonight. Too bad the sloppy ball handing and the inability to get the ball out of the backcourt on quite a few occasions leeding to easy buckets for St. Johns were the real demise for the Hoyas tonight.
St. John’s entered halftime up 40-32. Storr paced the team in scoring in the first half with 10 points. St. John’s took the lead for good with 5:27 remaining in the second half on a 3-pointer from Storr to make it a 70-67 game.
Alexander capitalized on Georgetown’s 19th turnover with a layup on the other end that gave St. John’s a 74-70 cushion with 1:07 to play.
The Red Storm made 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to ice it as Georgetown went the final 2:36 without scoring.
“We made quite few mental mistakes after we tied the game twice and the few missed rebounds were the difference tonight,” said Hoyas Head Coach Patrick Ewing.
The biggest stat of the night for the Hoyas that actually kept the game close late was the inability for St. Johns to hit any three pointers in this game. They finished just 2 of 14 from long range.
“I just thought that we were too careless, way too careless. The mistakes that we made from the start of the game to the end of the game just bit us in the butt. Twenty turnovers, you can’t win with 20 turnovers. We were right there, we dug ourselves a hole in the first half, we fought our way out of it to tie the game. Mistakes again and then you know the last one was the down two and then the turnover right there, that hurt …This loss is on all of us. It’s on me as the head coach, it is on all of us on the coaching staff and our team. This is a game we had an opportunity to win one more time and we just didn’t get it done,” said Ewing.
Georgetown will play again at home Sunday for Senior Night against Providence and round out the regular season on the road at Creighton on March 1st.