John Thompson III, Chris Mullin Get Heated During Big East Tournament Showdown
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 09, 2017,
Mar 09, 2017, 8:19
As Georgetown's LJ Peak went up for a shot, St. John's forward Amar Alibegovic fouled Peak from behind and chaos ensued. Georgetown coach John Thompson III apparently said something that upset Mullin, and the two had to be separated by their own benches before play resumed.
Red Storm assistants and players had to restrain Mullin as he jawed with Ewing Jr., the son of Patrick Ewing, the most decorated player in Georgetown history.
"I just went out there to see what was going on", Mullin said in his press conference post game. Today is also the 32nd anniversary of Ewing Sr.'s Hoyas beating Mullin's Red Storm in the 1985 Big East tournament. Defensively, Georgetown is yielding 72.1 points per game against the opposing teams.
On the season, Georgetown basketball is averaging 74.1 points, 35.5 rebounds and 15.1 assists per game.
"It was definitely an experience I never experienced - that moment was like nervous, nervous, nervous", answered Ponds, who was snubbed for Big East freshman of the year earlier in the day despite being by far the top freshman in the conference and the 7th best in the country according to his 8.02 Value Add. Bradley Hayes followed by pushing Alibegovic.
The other big story of the night was New York City's native son Shamorie Ponds making his Big East Tournament debut. Marcus LoVett struggled with foul trouble in the first half and only finished with four points, but it was St. John's ability to take care of the basketball (eight turnovers) and make plays in transition (eight fast break points) that sparked the victory.
Georgetown had its full complement of players at the beginning of a 13-1 run to move in front, 18-9, with 13:29 left until halftime.
Before any of the last-second drama occurred, there was almost fisticuffs between both the players and coaches. Derrickson scored the first six points in that time, including a three-pointer and two-handed dunk with Pryor on the bench after landing hard and bleeding from his forehead.
"Obviously it was everywhere", Hoyas junior forward Akoy Agau said of calls for a coaching change.