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Knicks legend Patrick Ewing declares MSG his ‘house’ after Georgetown upsets Villanova

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For 15 of his 17 year-NBA career, former New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing played at the Madison Square Garden, where he helped turn the Knicks into a perennial playoff contender. Even now, as the head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas, it seems as if his success at the Garden has continued.

Using a second-half run, the eighth-seeded Hoyas upset the top-seeded Villanova Wildcats, 72-71, on Thursday at MSG to reach the semifinals of the Big East Tournament.

It was Georgetown’s first time in the semifinals of the Big East tourney since 2015, and Ewing was clearly in a celebratory mood following the game, reminding everyone of his success at the world’s most famous arena.

Despite trailing by as much as 10 in the second half, Georgetown managed to claw their way back into the game in the final minutes. After Villanova’s Jeremiah Robinson Earl made one of two free throws to give the Wildcats a 71-70 lead with 19 seconds left, Hoyas’ Dante Harris managed to draw a foul and make both charities.

In the game’s final possession, Ewing could actually be heard yelling “Drive him!” at Harris once his player got a switch. Harris drove into the lane and picked up a foul on Robinson-Earl, allowing the Hoyas to take the lead.

With the win, Georgetown will meet the winner of the game between fourth seed St. John’s and fifth seed Seton Hall on Friday. With the semifinals still set to be played at Madison Square Garden, Ewing hopes that his success at his homecourt back when he was with the Knicks will continue.