Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing revealed Friday that he’s tested positive for the coronavirus.
Ewing is isolated at a local hospital in Washington D.C. He is the only member of the Hoyas’ men’s basketball team who has tested positive.
Ewing led Georgetown to the NCAA Tournament finals in 1982, ’84 and ’85, winning the national title in 1984 by beating Houston and Hakeem ‘The Dream’ Olajuwon in the finals at The Kingdome in Seattle.
As a freshman in 1982, Ewing led John Thompson’s team up against a North Carolina squad with James Worthy, Sam Perkins and another freshman named Michael Jordan. Ewing was famously called for goaltending four times in the opening minutes of the finals to give UNC its first eight points.
Ewing finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds, four blocked shots and two steals, but Jordan drained a go-ahead jumper from the left wing with 15 seconds left to lift the Tar Heels to a 63-62 win at the Superdome in New Orleans.
After getting bounced by Memphis State in the second round of the 1983 NCAA Tournament, Ewing and the Hoyas wouldn’t be denied in ’84. He had 10 points and nine rebounds in an 84-75 win over Houston in the finals.
Georgetown won 35 games in 1985. The Hoyas lost 66-65 at home to second-ranked St. John’s on Jan. 26, and they lost again by a 65-63 score two days later at 11th-ranked Syracuse. However, the Hoyas won their next 17 games, including three wins by double-digit margins over The Johnnies, who were led by Chris Mullin, Mark Jackson, Bill Wennington and Walter Berry.
Georgetown’s third win over St. John’s came at the Final Four in Lexington at Rupp Arena, setting up an all Big East finals showdown vs. Villanova. The Wildcats had taken the Hoyas to overtime at home before losing by two in the regular season. They lost by seven at Georgetown.
Rollie Massimino’s team made 22-of-28 field-goal attempts (78%), with Dwayne McClain and Ed Pinkney’s 17 and 16 points, respectively, pacing Villanova in a stunning 66-64 victory.
Ewing was the No. 1 pick by the New York Knicks in the 1985 NBA Draft. He was an 11-time All-Star, averaging 22.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots per game in his 15-year career that earned him a place in the NBA Hall of Fame.
The 57-year-old Ewing took over at his alma mater in 2017 after spending 15 seasons as an NBA assistant coach four four different franchises. In three seasons, he has a 49-46 record. He took the Hoyas to the NIT in his second year, but they finished 15-17 in 2019-20.