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Feb. 10, 2014

Georgetown and its senior star Patrick Ewing swept postseason honors for the second consecutive year by winning both the BIG EAST Tournament crown and MVP honors.

Led by Ewing, the Hoyas beat St. John’s and its senior standout Chris Mullin 92-80 in the final to become the first team to win back-to-back titles. Ewing is also the first player to repeat as Tournament MVP. Ewing is joined on the All-Tournament Team by teammates Michael Jackson and Bill Martin. Ewing, Mullin and Ed Pinckney of Villanova all would be first round NBA draft picks later that year.

Georgetown and Syracuse renewed their intense rivalry with a semifinal dogfight won by the Hoyas 74-65. The Johnnies beat Villanova 89-74 in the other semifinal.

The BIG EAST Tournament was a preview of what was to come in the NCAA Tournament. Three BIG East teams made it to the Final Four where the Hoyas beat St. John’s again, this time in the semifinals, only to lose the title game to Villanova. It remains the only time in NCAA history that one conference has sent three teams to the same Final Four.