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Georgetown fans chant “Fire Thompson” after embarrassing loss to Arkansas State

Georgetown fans have grown frustrated with John Thompson III chanted for him to go.


Georgetown must have been staggered with a hangover after Tuesday’s crushing collapse against Maryland because the Hoyas were still in a fog at the tip of Thursday’s game against Arkansas State and it ultimately cost them. Georgetown got blitzed by the Red Wolves of the Sun Belt Conference early.

The Hoyas missed 16 of its first 21 shots and committed four turnovers in the first 15 minutes. Arkansas State built a 36-15 lead in that time span and their lead increased to as high of 23 points at 47-24 before halftime.

The Hoyas staggered into the locker at the half down 48-29.

From there the Hoyas battled back. L.J. Peak scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and the Hoyas closed the gap to three at 75-72 with 18 seconds remaining. But Deven Simms knocked down a pair of free throws that essentially iced the game and crushed any chance of the Hoyas completing their rally, as the Red Wovles stunned the Hoyas 78-72 inside the McDonough Arena.

It was like a broken record, encore, and a repeat of a terrible nightmare. The Hoyas under head coach John Thompson III once again lost to an inferior opponent. Thursday’s loss was shades of defeats of the past for the Hoyas.

Since making the 2007 Final Four, Thompson and the Hoyas have been haunted by defeats against mid-major opponents led by athletic guards. The Red Wolves had redshirt senior Devin Carter, who dropped a game-high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting.

When it was Stephen Curry at Davidson, Ohio, Brandon Rozzell of VCU, and Dunk City of Florida Golf Coast in the NCAA tournament the initial reaction was of shock. Nowadays, losing to the unknown is common for Georgetown. Last season they lost Radford, UNC-Asheville, and Monmouth all at home.

There is some that can say the loss can be a byproduct of a hangover after the disappointing collapse on Tuesday at the Verizon Center to Maryland. But that excuse is no longer valid, as Georgetown appears destined to lose to mid-major programs. As the final seconds ticked off the clock on Thursday, Georgetown fans serenaded the arena with “Fire Thompson” chants.

It’s safe to say fans are frustrated with the “upsets” that are all too common for Georgetown. The Thompson name has carried JT3 a long way. But just as the Final Four appearance in 2007 has become a distant memory, the legacy his father built is drifting from the safety net of Thompson III.




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