You’d have to go back nearly 30 years to find a game the Georgetown Hoyas failed to score at least 40 points.
The Hoyas hung on by the skin of their teeth in a 37-36 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers, in what was one of the ugliest offensive performances in school history. The Vols led at halftime 18-16 after Georgetown shot only 27.3% on 6 for 22 shooting. The Hoyas finished the game shooting 36.4% with a trio of sophomores finishing with eight points each.
Otto Porter and Greg Whittington had similar stat lines as both players had seven rebounds, three steals with eight points on 4 for 11 shooting. Meanwhile fellow sophomore Mikael Hopkins had eight points on 2 for 9 shooting from the field.
Another similar set of numbers can be found with the score total of 37-36, as it matches the total from the last time the Hoyas finished a game scoring in the thirties.
On Mar. 18, 1984 the Hoyas defeated the Southern Methodist Mustangs 37-36 in their first game of the NCAA Tournament before going on to win the championship weeks later.
The first seeded Hoyas were led by junior center Patrick Ewing, who finished the game with 10 points and seven rebounds. Despite playing 36 minutes in the game, Ewing attempted only seven shots (nearly three shots fewer than his average attempts that year), managing to drain five of them.
The 1984’s Hoyas still managed to shoot better than 2012’s team, shooting 17 for 39 for 43.6% from the field.
Ewing might not have even helped the Hoyas in 2012 as the key problem wasn’t getting the ball inside. Instead, Georgetown’s biggest problem has been their struggles at the free-throw line. In the past two games, the Hoyas have shot 13 for 27 from the foul line for an embarrassing 48.1%. Then again, Ewing’s college career free throw average of 63.5% might help improve the 2012 Hoyas average.
With a 36.4% shooting effort, one thing is for sure. Coach John Thompson III wishes he could have plugged Ewing’s 62% college average from the field into the line-up.
After all, it sure made dad look good.