The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Patrick Ewing mostly kept his hands in his suit pockets as he paced the Madison Square Garden sideline.
The 2.13-meter legend had already served his tenure banging-and-bumping at the Garden for 15 years and over 35,000 minutes logged with the New York Knicks, so he could be excused for playing it cool as coach.
“My body still aches from the years I played here,” Ewing said, laughing.
If the body suffered, the nostalgia at least felt sweet at the Garden for the returning Knicks great and Georgetown coach, and more than a little familiar. Ewing was back at his professional home and got the better of Chris Mullin and St. John’s one more time in a throwback to their Big East days of the 1980s.
“This is what dreams are made of,” Ewing said.
Jessie Govan hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc to put the Hoyas ahead with 25 seconds left and they held on to beat the Red Storm 69-66 on Tuesday night.
Ewing walked off the court pumping his fist to the hearty calls of “Patrick! Patrick!” and high-fived a few fans just a few sections over from where his retired No. 33 hangs in the rafters.
Ewing and Mullin squared off as coaches of their alma maters for the first time, sparking memories of their glory days when Georgetown went 3-1 vs. the Red Storm in 1984-85 and the teams were ranked in the top three for all four meetings.