WASHINGTON (AP)—While Patrick Ewing Jr. doesn’t usually dominate a game like his famous father, Georgetown has grown accustomed to the spark the second-generation player often provides off the bench.
Jessie Sapp had 17 points, Ewing scored 11 of his career-high 16 in the second half, and No. 6 Georgetown overcame an uneven performance to beat Seton Hall 73-61 on Saturday for its fifth straight victory.
“I think (Ewing) was terrific today. … For three years, the energy he brings is infectious,” said Georgetown coach John Thompson III. “We all feed off of it.”
Roy Hibbert added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Hoyas (18-2, 8-1 Big East), who committed a season-high 21 turnovers but still improved to 11-0 at home with their fourth straight win over the Pirates. Georgetown, which finished 25-of-31 from the free throw line after Seton Hall tried to foul its way back into the game, has won 10 of 11 overall.
“Georgetown has an elite team, they really do,” Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzales said. “They are a very impressive team, they don’t have many weaknesses. The ones they have, we thought we exploited—we turned them over 21 times, we got 15 steals.”
Brian Laing led Seton Hall (15-7, 5-4) with 24 points, but couldn’t extend the Pirates’ winning streak to six games. Eugene Harvey added 13 points as the losers converted only four of 21 3-point shots on a 19-for-53 afternoon from the floor.
Seton Hall was able to take away the Hoyas’ perimeter shooting game and did a decent job limiting the damage Hibbert could do in the middle.
But just when it looked like a stalemate between the Big East’s top-scoring team and best defensive squad, Ewing took over for a stretch after fouling Laing, who hit two free throws to get the Pirates within 45-40.
“It started with him being aggressive and going to the basket,” Sapp said of Ewing. “It opened things up.”
Ewing hit a pair of free throws after being fouled snagging the rebound of Vernon Macklin’s short jumper for a seven-point cushion with 8:23 left. Later, after Paul Gause’s layup got the pesky Pirates within 55-48, Ewing tipped in Hibbert’s miss, then scored on a slam and converted a layup for a 61-48 lead.
Ewing even passed up a couple of open looks, dishing the ball to open teammates.
“Coach said, ‘You tired? You’re looking tired. We need your energy today,”’ Ewing said. “I was just able to score some baskets and find some open cutters.”
Laing scored 10 first-half points, but Seton Hall shot 6-of-24 from the floor in the opening 20 minutes and trailed 33-26 at halftime.
Georgetown committed five of its 13 first-half turnovers in the opening 4:20, couldn’t capitalize on an early 7-0 edge in rebounds and failed to establish its outside game during a sloppy start.
By the time a pair of free throws from Larry Davis put the Pirates up 13-12 with 10:54 left in the half, Thompson had already cycled through his starting five and made liberal use of his bench.
DaJuan Summers knocked down two 3-pointers from the left wing and Sapp converted three foul shots after being hacked on an attempted 3, capping a 9-2 run for a 27-21 Georgetown lead.
The Hoyas finally went back to Hibbert inside during a 9-4 burst that opened the second half. Hibbert used two hands to dunk past John Garcia, then followed up with a one-handed, press-breaking jam. Sapp’s left-side 3 capped the run for a 42-30 lead.
But Georgetown, which outrebounded the Pirates 49-21, made only four of its first 18 attempts from the field in the second half and Jeremy Hazell’s 3-pointer from deep in the left corner got Seton Hall within 42-38 with 11:34 remaining.