Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Today just seemed like any other day in the Big East for Georgetown, but it certainly end like that when Marcus Derrickson delivered a knockout blow that finally went the way the Hoyas would have wanted it to in a 80-78 victory over the 17-7 Pirates.
Georgetown ended the half on a 12-3 run, capped by a Derrickson 3-pointer with 38 seconds remaining. At the intermission, the Hoyas enjoyed a 46-33 lead.
Derrickson had only one thought when Seton Hall blocked his three-point attempt with 39 seconds left, then took the carom in for a tying layup.
“I just wanted to make it up,” Derrickson said.
Prior to today the Hoyas looked to be in a downward spiral that was a lot like the season has gone, spiraling in the right direction one day and the wrong way the next but again Ewing remains optimistic about where the team is going.
The Hoyas’ slide began when they fell by a point to DePaul on Jan. 24; they also dropped an overtime decision to Xavier on Feb. 3 and saw Providence score the final nine points in a 73-69 triumph Tuesday.
“We played a great game today,” Ewing said. “It shouldn’t have been as close as it came down to, but that’s how it’s been for us this year.”
Ewing also praised the play of Derrickson, which he admitted has been a lot of ups and downs this season.
He’s been playing great for us,” Ewing said. “He’s stepped up, not only offensively but defensively. He kind of took a step back against Providence, for whatever reason. That was an off day for him. He decided to call in sick or something, but he bounced back today.”