Patrick Ewing couldn’t have requested for higher homecoming

Becoming, that’s was 33 years in the past and Chris Mullin final confronted off on the Backyard with Georgetown and St. John’s.

In his first yr as a head coach, Ewing, No. 33, returned to the Backyard on Tuesday night time and his Hoyas confirmed a bit extra grit, know-how and capturing capacity than struggling St. John’s in an unsightly, however hard-fought sport as Georgetown got here away with the 69-66 victory.

Ewing earned this victory. Very similar to these days in 1985.

This was an enormous win and afterward Ewing was fast to greet the media simply as he did all these years as a Knick.

All that was lacking was the bucket of ice Ewing used to ease his toes into throughout his postgame press conferences.

“I feel you all miss me extra now doing my interviews than after I was right here,’’ Ewing mentioned with fun.

Ewing at all times made it attention-grabbing. Now he’s making an attempt to show a brand new technology of Hoyas the way to win, the sacrifice it takes.

“It was a hard-fought sport, it was an unsightly sport,” Ewing mentioned. “Identical to the previous occasions. It was a knockdown, drag-out battle. I’ve had ups and downs, a number of good and unhealthy recollections towards that man [Mullin]. I used to be simply completely happy to get the win.’’

That’s the underside line.

“If we had misplaced that sport, I used to be going to be kicking them within the butt,’’ Ewing mentioned with a smile of his crew that has blown late leads on the best way to a 12-Four file, 2-Three within the Large East.

“They already know what taking part in right here means to me, I don’t assume I wanted to deliver that as much as say something,’’ Ewing mentioned. “I spent a number of years of my life taking part in right here and my physique nonetheless aches from the years that I spent right here. The one factor that wanted to be mentioned was we’ve to get a win.’’

As any Knicks fan might inform you, that’s the essence of Ewing.

“It is a nice rivalry,’’ Ewing mentioned. “Each groups, each faculties have a wealthy custom. Earlier than myself and Chris got here it was Louie [Carnesecca] and Coach [John] Thompson. You had the sweater sport, and you then had myself and Chris taking part in towards one another in Large East tournaments and common season and now it’s gone full circle, now you’ve gotten each of us teaching towards one another.

“I feel that is what goals are product of. We’ve battled one another, develop into pals, received two gold medals collectively and now we’re battling one another once more.’’

Famous Mullin of the expertise, “Patrick and I’ve a protracted relationship, and I’ve a number of respect for him. It’s such a surreal and distinctive circumstance some 30 years later. Somebody requested me immediately, ‘What’s the possibility that you’d have thought this may occur?’ And I mentioned, ‘100 p.c, by no means in my wildest goals would I feel I’d be right here in 2018 teaching St. John’s towards Patrick Ewing teaching Georgetown.’ It’s simply one other factor we’re doing.’’

The loss dropped St. John’s to Zero-5 within the Large East, 10-7 general. When the sport ended, Ewing made his approach to shake palms with Mullin.

Chris Mullin argues a name throughout St. John’s loss.Anthony J. Causi

“It was nice, it was great, I couldn’t have requested for something totally different,’’ Ewing mentioned of the win. “I feel the fellows stepped up and did all the pieces they wanted to do to safe a win.’’

New Yorker Jessie Govan hit the large shot for Georgetown, drilling a Three-pointer with 25 seconds remaining.

The middle mentioned of his coach, “He appeared relieved. That should have been an actual demanding sport to teach. We needed to come back collectively and get this win for him.’’

Ewing has been pushing Govan to be extra aggressive.

“He sees loads in me, and on a regular basis he’s pushing me.’’

That’s the one manner Ewing knew the way to play. That’s why his physique nonetheless aches.

As he walked again to the Georgetown locker room Ewing smiled as soon as extra and famous, “I’m going to ice my elbow proper now.’’

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