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Hoya fans are still talking about those unusual aquamarine jerseys which appeared at the St. John's game last week. Despite a claim by the basketball office that "tidal blue" is part of the Georgetown tradition, the source of the fluorescent fittings may date back to Georgetown's non-participation in the PK80 tournament.

As part of the PK80, Nike designed special monochrome jerseys for all 16 teams in the tournament, which was to have included Georgetown before coach Patrick Ewing felt the competition was too much for the team to handle. In GU's place stood DePaul, who debuted a similarly blue on blue jersey in its second round game versus Portland (above).

With school colors of blue and gray (and not white, black, or teal), we look forward to the basketball jerseys returning to an appropriate hue, and perhaps this jersey can join a number of other retired styles from the recent past, including:

1982-style replica
Colors: Med blue/black
Appeared: 1/5/2002
Appeared: 1/27/2002
1984-style replica
Colors: Gray/blue
Appeared: 2/21/2004
Appeared: 3/6/2004
Alternate home jersey
Colors: White/blue
Appeared: 12/1/2007
Air Jordan jersey
Colors: Silver/white
Appeared: 2/27/2010
Camouflage jersey
Colors: Gray/blue
Appeared: 11/9/2012
     
"G" logo jersey
Color: Blue
Appeared: 2/15/2013
Camouflage jersey
Colors: Black/gray
Appeared: 11/8/2013
Jersey with pink trim
Colors: Gray/blue
Appeared: 1/4/2014
Appeared: 1/27/2015
Alternate jersey
Colors: Aquamarine/blue
Appeared: 1/9/2018
 

 

More on the story of jerseys through the years can be found at the Georgetown Basketball History Project.

 
 
 
 

A 22-5 run to the end the first half powered #13 Seton Hall past Georgetown, 74-6. The win was the Pirates' 13th straight win at home and the Hoyas' fifth loss at Prudential Center in its last six appearances, dating to the 2011-12 season.

The Hoyas opened the game with an early 12-3 lead, forcing four Seton Hall turnovers in the first three minutes, A pair of back to back blocked shots keyed the Pirates (15-3) to go inside, where Jessie Govan earned early foul trouble and a 26-22 lead evaporated in the final seven minutes of the half. Seven Georgetown turnovers in the last seven minutes of the half proved cannon fodder for the Pirate, who hit 10 of 11 shots down the stretch to lead by 13 at the break, 44-31.

By contrast, the second half had far fewer fireworks, as both teams failed to establish much momentum. The hall led by as many as 16 before going on an extended cold stretch, missing 11 consecutive shots, but the Hoyas could get no closer then eight at 60-52 with 7:57 to play. Georgetown made only field goal in the next six minutes as the Pirates regrouped and put the game away.

Myles Powell and Desi Rodriguez each scored 19 to lead the Pirates, along with 11 points and 13 points from Angel Delgado. Georgetown was led by 18 points and 10 points from Marcus Derrickson, but 16 turnovers and an ineffective bench (a combined 2 for 15 from the field) were not enough for Georgetown.

The Georgetown half of the box score:


            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Starters:
Blair        30   2-6   2-5   1-2   4   0  2   11
Mulmore      27   0-2   1-2   0-0   2   4  3    3
Johnson      28   5-7   0-0   4-5   4   0  2   14
Derrickson   28   6-11  1-2   3-3  10   0  2   18
Govan        33   4-15  1-1   0-0   5   3  4   11
Reserves:
Pickett       9   0-0   0-3   0-0   3   0  2    0
Mosely       20   0-5   0-0   0-0   2   0  0    0
Walker       12   0-3   0-0   0-0   3   0  1    0
Dickerson    13   2-3   0-1   0-1   4   1  0    4
Team Rebounds                       3
DNP: Hines, Muresan, Mourning
TOTALS      200  19-52  5-14  8-11 40   8 16   61
 
 
 
 

The task at hand: sell tickets and raise interest in a game against a struggling opponent at a game that will otherwise feature thousands of empty seats. For Chris Grosse and the Georgetown marketing team, it's not a task, it's an opportunity.

After such promotions as "Student for A Day", "Hail To Kale Day", "Cargo Shorts Day" and "Millennial Day", the marketing team's latest promotion was all over the Internet Wednesday: "Actual Reality Seating", a play on to those self-absorbed fans who spend more of their time texting than following the game. The promotion, including seats for $20, takes place Saturday, January 20 against St. John's.

The premise? Enjoy a game in the pre-cell phone era, complete with paper tickets, a ban on texting, and halftime stats delivered from press row.

"The "actual reality" section will feature a postcard-writing station as well as a photo station equipped with a Polaroid camera churning out physical pictures," writes Newsweek. "And anyone sitting in the seats will wear name-tags to promote in-person conversations."

"As much as I'm sort of laughing with the Hoyas here on how hard it will be for some people to give up their phones for a game, I would probably also hate this a lot," wrote Nina Mandell of USA Today.

"I'm a victim of this as much as anybody," Grosse said. "Over the summer I did a phone detox myself and I was, like, shaking after an hour and a half."

It's only 50 seats in an otherwise spacious Capital One Arena, but the promotion is ultimately doing what is intended: raising interest and selling seats.

"We just announced it about an hour ago," Gross said Wednesday afternoon. "There's definitely been a lot interest on social media, which is ironic."

 
 
 
 

How bad was Georgetown's 69-66 groaner over St. John's? With 9:44 to play, the crowd at Madison Square Garden was booing...both teams. Such was a game where the coaches' star power shined more brightly than the players, a game that featured the Hoyas in unusual aquamarine jerseys that were better left on Nike's cutting room floor.

In the end, a Jessie Govan three and a pair of free throws from Jonathan Mulmore steered a bad Georgetown team over an awful St. John's team, 69-66, as the Redmen lost its fifth straight and moved to 0-5 in the Big East. The Hoyas combined for 20 field goals and 22 turnovers, while the Redmen had as many fouls as baskets for the evening.

"This one was far from a Big East classic and served as a stark reminder of how just far these programs are from the days when Mullin and Ewing, teammates on two Olympic teams, dominated the game instead of watching one in suits," wrote Dan Gelston of the Associated Press. Instead, most media accounts were keen on playing up the Ewing versus Mullin angle, because it made for a better story than the game turned out to be.

Yes, it was that bad.

The story of the first half was a familiar one to Georgetown fans: turnovers, and plenty of them. Its first cough-up came 20 seconds into the game, and GU had allowed seven by midway in the half in a 16-16 draw. The Hoyas added three consecutive turnovers over a two minute run that gave St. John's a 19-16 lead at the 9:43 mark of the first half, where the G-men went over five minutes without a field goal yet never trailed by more than six points. From a 31-25 deficit with 2:11 to halftime, Georgetown forced three St. John's turnovers and outscored the Redmen 6-0 to end the period, capped by a Marcus Derrickson jumper with under three seconds to play.

The first half box score was unusual: Georgetown had 34 shots and 32 rebounds, but more turnovers (13) than field goals. Rebounding kept the hoyas close, outpacing the Redmen 32 to 16. Georgetown missed eight of ten from three point range, St. John's 11 of 13. And despite having a smaller team on the court, the Redmen somehow had eight blocks by halftime, Georgetown none. The poor play in the first half was a prelude to more to come after intermission.

The second half was also a ragged effort. Consecutive threes by Jagan Mosely and Jahvon Blair gave Georgetown a 41-37 lead with 15:49 to play when the game turned into an extended stalemate. For the next five minutes and 36 seconds, neither team could score. St. John's went seven possessions with four missed shots and three turnovers, while Georgetown missed three layups, two jump shots, committed three fouls, and coughed up two turnovers.

"This game is setting back fundamentals basketball 30 years," remarked an exasperated Brian Custer at Fox Sports 1, who had run out of things to say during this exercise of common futility. The two teams entered the media timeout at the 11:51 mark having missed all nine attempts, leading to a audible series of boos by the 9,406 in attendance.

St. John's got back on the scoreboard with a Justin Simon layup at the 11:24 mark, but the Hoyas were still unable to execute. Both teams were playing at such a poor level that Georgetown missed its next five shots and still kept the lead, thanks to a pair of foul shots and three consecutive misses from short range by the Redmen.

A three pointer by Bryan Trimble cut the lead to 43-42 at the 9:25 mark, and off a miss by Jonathan Mulmore, Blair added a free throw, 44-42. Georgetown was about to go into a second consecutive media time out without a field goal when Marcus Derrickson sank a long three at the 7:50 mark, 47-42, ending a run dating to the 15:49 mark.

Free throws and opponent futility kept Georgetown in the game to date, but it would be clutch shooting that earned the win.

The teams traded free throws for much of the next three minutes, but a basket and three pointer by Jagan Mosely pushed Georgetown's lead to eight, 57-49, with 4:23 to play. Three consecutive turnovers by the Hoyas led to an 8-0 Redmen run to tie the score with 3:05 remaining, where Jessie Govan connected on a three point play from the foul line and a Kaleb Johnson steal sent Mosely in for a dunk, 62-57.

A pair of free throws were all Georgetown could muster over the next minute, as baskets by Marvin Clark and Justin Simon tied the score with 50 seconds to play. Then, as has been the case all season, the blue-highlighter Hoyas called upon Govan to carry the day. Govan sank a 25 footer with with 26 seconds to play, 67-64. St. John's answered with a Simon Dunk, 67-66, and Jonathan Mulmore sank two free throws in the final ten seconds to extend the lead to three. Shamorie Ponds' third three point attempt of the evening was the same as his prior attempts on the night, a miss, and Georgetown escaped with a three point win shooting 33 percent from the field and allowing 22 turnovers.

For the game, the teams combined for 36 turnovers in 40 minutes.

"It was a knockout, drag out fight," said Ewing in post-game remarks. "The guys fought hard. We made mistakes but we played hard. After the way we lost to Creighton, it was a great way to bounce back."

Govan led the scoring with 18 points, 12 after halftime.

"I've been riding him a lot," said Ewing. "I'm trying to get the best out of him and I told him this is the time of the year if he wants to try to get to the next level. These are the times he has to play at his best and he did in the second half. They were trying to do things to frustrate him. He got some offensive rebounds, put-backs, he got to the free throw line and that was a big three he made."

St. John's ended the game shooting 37 percent. Its starting five was 1 of 14 from three point range.

"I'm neither surprised nor upset," said St. John's coach Chris Mullin. I'm not concerned about predictions and expectations. Of those five games, we had those two duds at home. With those other three, if we can take those defensive efforts and match it with some offensive execution, we are going to be okay. That's exactly what I told my team. The only thing that's going to distract us or keep us down is a negative mindset. If you look at tonight, we forced 22 turnovers, had 10 blocks, and 13 steals. That's getting after it. We have to be a little less careless with the ball and finish some shots."

Among the 108 prior meetings between the schools, this one wasn't one for the history books, but Ewing appreciated the effort.

"You had myself and Chris playing against each other in Big East tournaments and regular season games. And, now it's gone full circle. Now, you have both of us coaching against each other. So. I think it's what dreams are made of. You have two guys who grew up, I'm from Jamaica and he's from Brooklyn and we both play a sport we love, battled each other, became friends, and won two gold medals together. Now, we're battling each other again."

Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:

 
 

            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Starters:
Mulmore      21   0-3   1-1   3-4   3   2  4    6
Johnson      20   0-1   0-3   3-4   8   0  3    3
Pickett      17   0-1   0-2   2-2   2   1  1    2
Derrickson   37   3-8   2-3   5-7   8   0  3   17
Govan        34   6-16  1-3   3-3  13   2  4   18
Reserves:
Blair        28   1-3   1-5   4-6   3   2  2    9
Mosely       33   3-6   2-2   1-1   1   5  0   13
Walker        1   0-2   0-0   0-0   1   0  0    0
Dickerson    10   0-0   0-1   1-2   0   1  3    1
Team Rebounds                      10
DNP: Hines, Muresan, Mourning
TOTALS      200  13-40  7-20 22-29 49  13 20   69
 
 
Its head coach is 16 games under .500 in his career and 0-4 in the Big East. A day following a 17 point loss at home to DePaul, a junior on the team announced to the press there would be a players-only meeting on Sunday. If this was Georgetown, well, the HoyaTalk board would be on overdrive.

But at St. John's, it's just another rough stretch for a program that has seen its share of lean times for nearly two decades.

Today's students were not alive when St. John's was considered one of the top programs in the nation, with two National Players of the year, and two Big East titles within a four year period from 1982 through 1986. From 1976 through 1992, St. John's made the post season 16 times, with 14 NCAA bids, a Final Four, and an NIT championship.

In the 25 years since Lou Carnesecca retired, the Redmen are 410-431 (.487) through seven different coaches, with just two NCAA bids in the last 15 years and no Big East titles since 2000. In fact, the Redmen haven't made the Friday semifinal round since 2000.

St. John's

Georgetown

  Record NCAA Bids   Record NCAA Bids
1971-1980 208-82 (.732) 6 1971-1980 169-111 (.603) 5
1981-1990 228-90 (.716) 8 1981-1990 268-69 (.795) 10
1991-2000 186-119 (.609) 6 1991-2000 201-121 (.624) 6
2001-2010 142-162 (.467) 1 2001-2010 216-111 (.660) 5
2010-2018 124-120 (.508) 2 2010-2018 148-92 (.616) 4
 
This year was supposed to be different, with some writers holding out hope that St. John's was an NCAA tournament contender. Instead, redshirt sophomore guard Marcus Lovett has been sidelined for nine games with a knee injury and his absence within the Big East schedule has been telling. The Redmen rank last in scoring offense, just behind Georgetown.

Both teams enter Tuesday's game needing to make a statement.

These two flagship programs of Big East basketball are a combined 1-7 through two weeks of conference play, and each has one Big East title in the last 27 years. While Providence, Seton Hall, and Villanova have all claimed tournament titles in the last four years, Georgetown and St. John's are now frequent guests in the Wednesday round for the lowest four teams. In 2017, the Redmen ended John Thompson III's career at GU, 74-73, and promptly lost to Villanova by 41 the next day.

Tuesday's game is more than a nostalgia trip for Ewing and Mullin, it's a bellwether as to which program looks to turn the corner first before they are lapped by Villanova, Xavier, Creighton, and the rest of the league.

"Games like this, you have to rise," Ewing said after the Creighton game, but could apply even moreso to Tuesday's game: "You have to get up for the occasion. If we want to be one of those teams that is considered up there within the Big East, these are games that we have to step up in and play better."

 

Some sad news to report from the Georgetown athletics community on the passing of Chris Remington (C'95), who died suddenly last week at the age of 44.

"A two-time All-America selection, Remington was part of a class that helped transform Georgetown men's lacrosse into a perennial top-20 team under [coach Dave] Urick," read the news release which announced Remington's selection to the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014. "A 1995 graduate, Remington is still second in career points with 189. His 117 goals and 72 assists are both fifth in program history."

Remington is survived by his wife and three children. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday in Kensington, MD, according to the obituary posted online.

 
 

Sixteen Creighton three point field goals buried the Georgetown Hoyas in a 90-66 rout at Capital One Arena Saturday. The 24 point decision is the third worst home loss ever in the month of January, and marks Creighton's first win in Washington since joining the Big East in 2013.

Any thoughts that the DePaul game would provide momentum for Georgetown against a middle of the pack Big East team were quickly dispatched. As the HoyaSaxa.com Pre-Game Report noted, "Creighton is not DePaul," and that certainly was the case. Creighton entered the game shooting 38 percent from three point range and went to work right from the start. The Bluejays jumped to leads of 6-0, 9-2, and 12-3 before the first media time out, all on there point baskets--two from guard Davion Mintz and two from center Toby Hegner, an unlikely source of shooting in this game.

Hegner arrived to the game having made just three three pointers in three Big East games, and already had three in this game midway in the first half, a result of excellent passing by Creighton which allowed Hegner and forward Martin Krampelj to move to the perimeter while Jessie Govan and Marcus Derrickson were out of range.

The Hoyas weren't out of it yet, however. A rare three by guard Trey Dickerson, only his fourth of the season, brought the Hoyas within 10 at the 8:00 mark of the first half, 28-18, but turnovers eventually killed any momentum GU could engender. A Hegner three put CU up 13 at the 6:37 mark, and Hegner added two more as the Bluejays went on an 11-1 run to lead 45-21 with 1:17 to halftime.

The Jays got sloppy at the end of the first half, with the Hoyas getting six straight points off of three Creighton turnovers to close out the half, but the 18 point deficit was the largest of the season to date and reflective of Creighton's driving offense setting up open three opportunities. The Bluejays were 10 of 22 from three in the first half compared to 7 of 13 from two. Georgetown shot 29 percent from the half, with three three pointers in ten attempts, and nine turnovers.

Creighton did not let up on the artillery after halftime. Two early GU turnovers propelled Creighton once again, scoring on each of its first four possessions, 56-33, three by three pointers. From its first two threes of the half, GU proceeded to go 1 for 11 for the remainder of the game, giving it little opportunity to catch up.

Coach Patrick Ewing sat Marcus Derrickson to open the second half with a smaller lineup, but it did little good as CU continued to shred the Hoyas' guards inside and outside. An 11-2 run extended the Creighton lead to 70-44 before the Hoyas only remaining three pointer of the half was executed by Jahvon Blair at the 10:16 mark, 70-47.

Over the next three minutes the Hoyas stayed even on the scoreboard, but made no other headway, as Creighton was now scoring inside with a variety of layups and inside passing. Following a Dickerson jumper at the 6;10 mark, 77-55, the Jays scored nine straight to go up 31 with 3:36 to play. At one point in the game, Creighton had 22 assists on 24 field goals.

With the kind of game Creighton was playing, Govan and Derrickson saw little time in the second half. Antwan Walker fouled out at the 5;19 mark and was replaced by walk-on George Muresan rather than bringing Govan back into the game. Creighton got the lead up to 32 into the final two minutes before GU scored the final eight points of the game, which leads to this unusual statistic. In the last two minutes of each half, Georgetown outscored Creighton by 11, 14-3. For the remaining 36 minutes of the game, Creighton outscored Georgetown by 36.

The GU bench accounted for 40 of the team's 66 points in a strange box score. With Derrickson and Jessie Govan ineffective against the Creighton attack, Jagan Mosely led a tepid Hoya stat chart with 11 points. The Hoyas shot just 36 percent for the game and were a meager 6 of 23 from three point range. Georgetown returned to its old habits on turnovers, surrendering nine in the first half and 15 overall.

The Bluejays were led by 19 from hegner, two short of his career high. The Creighton starters combined for 63 points compared to just 26 for Georgetown.

"We have to do a better job of competing," said head coach Patrick Ewing. While he called Creighton one of the "elite" teams in the Big East, that may be a warning all its own. Creighton was picked for the middle of the conference--fifth of ten. Georgetown's four games to date have all come against teams below 5th, suggesting even tougher games down the road.

Next up for the Hoyas, now 1-3 in Big East play: consecutive road games at St. John's and Seton Hall, to whom the Hoyas dropped four of five last season. This year's Redmen suffered a humbling 17 point loss Saturday to DePaul at on-campus Carnesecca Arena (nee Alumni Hall), 91-74. Tuesday's game with the Hoyas could be make or break for the Redmen, now 0-4 in the Big East and awaiting games with Georgetown and Villanova at the Garden over a four day period.

Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:

 
 

            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Starters:
Mulmore      21   0-1   0-0   0-0   2   3  1    0
Pickett      21   0-1   3-8   0-0   3   1  2    9
Johnson      27   1-3   0-1   4-4  10   3  2    6
Derrickson   15   2-4   0-1   0-0   5   0  1    4
Govan        23   3-7   0-0   1-2   5   0  2    7
Reserves:
Blair        21   2-6   1-6   1-1   3   1  0    8
Mosely       32   3-6   1-3   2-4   4   4  1   11
Walker       14   2-6   0-1   4-4   7   1  5    8
Hines         2   0-0   0-0   2-2   0   0  0    2 
Dickerson    19   3-5   1-3   0-0   0   1  0    9
Muresan       5   1-1   0-0   0-0   0   0  0    2
Team Rebounds                       2
DNP: Mourning
TOTALS      200  16-40  6-23 14-17 41  14 14   66
 
 

The Twitterverse enjoyed this Fox Sports timeout from Tuesday's game at DePaul, where coach Patrick Ewing took Marcus Derrickson to task for an NBA-styled shot that fell short.

 
Derrickson got the message and finished with 24 points.

 
 

Marcus Derrickson and Jessie Govan combined for 49 points and 19 rebounds as Georgetown held off DePaul, 90-81 before 5,190 at Chicago's Wintrust Arena Tuesday. The win marked Georgetown's first in Big East play for 2017-18 and its 11th straight road win over DePaul.

Turnovers proved decisive in this game, namely, that Georgetown was able to control them. Three turnovers in the first two minutes helped send the Demons to a 7-2 lead, but three pointers paced the Hoyas on a 17-4 run to earn them a 19-11 lead at the 13:05 mark of the first half. Georgetown never trailed again in the game, supported by seven first half threes that extended its lead to as many as eleven on two different occasions in the first half, and a nine point halftime lead, thanks to just eight turnovers in the first half.

Three DePaul runs kept the Blue Demons close but failed to carry the day. Early foul trouble on the Hoyas in the second half sparked the Blue Demons within five at the 15:00 mark, but four straight points from Jahvon Blair steadied the Hoyas to go back up nine, 58-49 at the 13:42 mark.

DePaul's most serious run came on a 10-1 spurt midway through the second half to close to 61-60, but GU answered with 11 straight, led by free throws from Derrickson, a rare second half three from Jamarko Pickett, and a Govan jumper to go up 12, 72-60. The D-men closed back to six at the 2:00 mark but the Hoyas stood firm at the foul line and in the turnover battle, with just six after halftime compared to 11 in its loss to Marquette.

DePaul struggled to contain the Hoyas inside. Govan finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds, followed by 24 from Derrickson and 15 from Jahvon Blair. The Blue Demons had four starters in double figures but its bench was outscored 25-4.

Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:

 
 

            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Starters:
Mulmore      28   0-0   0-1   2-2   4   4  3    2
Pickett      20   0-1   2-4   2-2   1   0  3    8
Johnson      32   3-3   0-0   0-1   0   3  4    6
Derrickson   32   4-11  2-4  10-10  7   3  3   24
Govan        35   8-10  0-2   9-12 12   5  4   25
Reserves:
Blair        20   1-2   3-8   4-4   2   1  1   15
Mosely       16   0-3   1-2   4-6   2   2  1    7
Walker        5   0-0   0-0   0-0   2   0  0    0
Dickerson    12   0-1   1-3   0-0   1   2  0    3
Team Rebounds                       2
DNP: Hines, Muresan, Mourning
TOTALS      200  16-31  9-24 31-37 33  20 19   90