Ewing and his staff had good reasons to be worried. Georgetown played as hard as he has done all season and mounted a strong shooting night to achieve a 83-80 victory over the Bluejays, Hoyas’ second victory over a team qualified this season after one over then No. 22 Texas in November.
It was Ewing’s first victory over Creighton in his three years at the helm of the Hoyas, and his team stole the game exactly as he wanted, despite the fact that two of his initial guards, Mac McClung and base Terrell Allen, were sick. and I hadn’t practiced all week.
Georgetown (12-6, 2-3 Big East) was aggressive in defense. The ball moved smoothly on the offensive. Omer Yurtseven and McClung presented great performances and had the crucial help of guards Jagan Mosely and Jahvon Blair. And to top it all, the Bluejays did their part and shot only 43.1 percent while allowing the Hoyas to shoot 51.7 percent from the field.
“We just couldn’t stop them,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott said.
The Hoyas played well in the first half, as they did on the road against then No. 16 Villanova on Saturday, but this time they didn’t fade after halftime. Georgetown was more efficient in the offense since Creighton (13-5, 2-3) continued to fail, and McClung scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half despite playing fewer minutes due to foul problems.
But against a smaller list of Bluejays, Yurtseven caused the most problems. The 7-foot player led five scorers in double figures with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and repeatedly beat the double teams in the post to achieve their best Big East game so far.
“Yurtseven was a burden there,” McDermott said. “It’s physical. I think he’s a post player as skilled as the one in this league. They did a good job isolating him there.”
Ewing said: “[Yurtseven] I had a very good game today. He made some mistakes, but I am a hard man to please. I see the potential in him. I see where it could be. You have to keep growing, keep working, stop taking some time off, cut your hair. . . “
McClung, meanwhile, seemed gassed even in the first half when he went to the bank and hung a towel over his head.
Mosely, a senior who has had a stabilizing presence after Georgetown lost four players to transfer, had 13 points in 4 of 6 shots, four rebounds and four assists playing 40 full minutes. Ewing called the team’s MVP guard later. Blair added 12 points and Allen had 10.
The game required so much effort that Allen, who told Ewing that he had felt nauseous throughout the game, finally left the field with 19 seconds remaining. Ewing said he received an IV after the game and felt better.
“I felt like I was going to vomit, so it came out. I suppose [he] I was looking for a place to vomit, and then just lay down, ”said Ewing.
Georgetown worked hard from the opening tip to keep up with Creighton, pulling smooth movements from his back pockets, like a break from Allen that made the announced crowd of 5,920 make a real fuss for the first time with approximately eight minutes to play before of intermediate. Mosely stretched at full height to catch a robbery in the resulting possession and threw the ball at Blair, who missed a layup but was saved when Yurtseven got into a dump to put Georgetown forward 24-22.
The round trip continued in the second half with Georgetown weathering with McClung on the bench and the kind of small Creighton races that knocked down the Hoyas in Villanova.
“We don’t collapse,” Mosely said. “Against Nova we fall apart as a team. Today, I think we were up nine, they ran 8-0, but we didn’t break up after that. We joined and closed the game. “
The Hoyas took their lead to nine with 5:48 to play after Mosely and Yurtseven combined for a 7-0 run. The Bluejays knocked down a bridge and two triples to narrow the margin again, but a Yurtseven float with 1:37 to play put Georgetown 76-72 and put the crowd on their feet.
The Hoyas reached 4 of 5 field goals in the 3:25 finals, while the Bluejays shot 4 of 9 in the same span, including two cubes that arrived when the game was already out of reach.
“As a team we had a slow start, and it was like, okay, everyone has to get going,” said Yurtseven. “We only have seven or eight guys who can move on and do the job. And that was it.”