Loyola down Ewing's Georgetown in Jersey Mike's basketball tourney


Loyola down Ewing's Georgetown in Jersey Mike's basketball tourney

Observer writer

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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ROSE HALL, St James – It was not the result Patrick Ewing was expecting in his first game in Jamaica as coach of the Georgetown University 'Hoyas' as they were beaten 65-52 by Loyola Marymount University in the fourth and final game of the 2nd Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic NCAA Basketball Tournament that got underway at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St James on Friday.

There was a large turnout for the game, with most persons supporting Georgetown, but it was the Loyola 'Lions' who prevailed and extended their record of the season to 4-0, while the Hoyas lost for the first time and are at 3-1.

In another late game, University of South Florida outclassed Ohio University 73-46 to stay perfect at 3-0 as Ohio dropped their first game of the season.

The days started with back-to-back, come-from-behind wins for Campbell University and Austin Peay State as they beat Florida A&M University and Central Connecticut State, respectively.

The tournament will continue and end today with four more games. Georgetown with get the chance to register a win when they take on the University of South Florida in the first game set to start at 12:00 pm; followed by Campbell University against Austin Peay at 2:30 pm; Ohio University vs Loyola Marymount at 6:30 pm and Central Connecticut vs Florida A&M in the last game starting at 9:00 pm.

The Georgetown vs Loyola game, the first between the two since 1979, was expected to be close and down to the wire.

It lived up to the hype only in the first half when there were seven lead changes and the scores were tied seven times, but once they got into a rhythm, it was Loyola who led by as many as 15 points with just over five minutes left in the game.

Loyola Marymount, led by a game-high 27 points from point guard James Batemon, started slowly and were down 3-6 before a 7-0 run saw them take the lead for the first time.

Georgetown tied up the game at 14-14 with eight minutes 03 seconds to go and then flexed their defensive muscles, forcing back-to-back shot clock violations on their way to a five-point (26-21) lead at the half-time break.

Loyola made their intentions known early in the second half as they scored the first seven points, and held Georgetown scoreless for almost the first five minutes as they outscored the Hoyas 15-2.

Trey Mourning, son of another Georgetown and NBA great Alonzo, took the Hoyas to within four points (32-36) with his only basket of the night, a three-pointer, but Loyola responded with another big run and were up by 10 points (47-37) with just over nine minutes to go and were up 52-39 at the six-minute mark.

Batemon, who also got eight rebounds and three assists, was the only Lion to score in double digits as Mattias Markusson scored nine points and got 13 rebounds and Zafir Williams scored seven points.

Jessie Govan led Georgetown with a double-double 20 points and 11 rebounds as Josh LeBlanc scored 12 points coming off the bench and James Akinjo scored 10 points.

Four players scored in double digits to lead South Florida to the biggest win of the night, a 27 points blow-out over Ohio and led by 29 with just over five minutes to go in the second half.

Three players scored 11 points each — Alexis Yetna, TJ Lang and Justin Brown while Michael Durr scored 10 points in only 15 minutes on the court.

Teyvion Kirk scored 13 points to lead Ohio and Antonio Cowart scored 10 points.

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