Georgetown snaps 21-game losing streak with OT win vs. Coppin State

On November 27, 1972, John Thompson Jr. made his coaching debut in Georgetown, where he led the program to the 1984 national title and made the Hoyas a collegiate basketball powerhouse.

On Tuesday, 50 years after Thompson’s reign began, Georgetown broke a 21-game losing streak.

Patrick Ewing’s team had not won a game in 328 days prior to Georgetown’s 99-89 overtime win over Coppin State. But victory did not come without a fight.

Head coach Juan Dixon, the former Maryland star, and Coppin State — ranked fifth in MEAC’s preseason poll — held a lead over Georgetown late in the game and then weathered an outburst by the Hoyas on the track before Mike Hood hit a buzzer-hitting 3-pointer in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Georgetown pulled away in overtime from Coppin State, who also played a game Monday night.

Justin Steers came off the bench and led Coppin State by 21 points, while Primo Spears finished with a game-high 28 points for Georgetown.

Georgetown no longer resembles the program Thompson, who died in 2020, once ran in his richest years as he molded star players like Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning and Allen Iverson.

After Georgetown’s 85-73 win over Howard on December 15, 2021, the Hoyas lost their next 21 games. The Hoyas have not won a Big East game since March 2, 2021.

Six players entered the transfer portal after last year’s struggles and Aminu Mohammed, the team’s best player, turned pro. Ewing started this season with nine new players.

He has been the subject of rumors about his job status in recent years. While it’s hard to imagine the school firing a legend who led the team under Thompson to a national title, it’s also hard to imagine Georgetown accepting another season akin to last season.

“The great thing about this year is that it’s a new year,” Ewing told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s game. “We’re starting over. We have to make sure we get and stay on track from start to finish and make sure we’re positive and upbeat and all the things that we’ve been talking about this summer.”

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Emma Bowman

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