By Harry Allison
Georgetown won an upset trip to the Big Dance with a stunning run through the Big East Conference Tournament, which culminated in the Hoyas’ 73-48 victory last night over No. 17 Creighton at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The Big East tournament title is Georgetown’s first since 2007 and will send the Hoyas to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015 and first time under head coach Patrick Ewing. The Basketball Hall of Famer starred for Georgetown in the 1980s, powering three trips to the Final Four and leading the team to the 1984 national title. But his tenure as head coach, which began in 2017-18, has been decidedly more mixed.
Georgetown had failed to hit the 20-win plateau in his first three seasons and an NCAA Tournament berth seemed like an impossibility as the Hoyas limped into MSG with a 9-12 record. But a blowout win over Marquette was followed by a 72-71 upset of No. 11 Villanova. The Hoyas then downed Seton Hall to set up a showdown with Creighton for the title.