THIS IS DIFFERENT...

Jan. 21, 2008

I rushed the court at the MCI Center twice during my undergraduate years at Georgetown.  The games themselves had little in common--one was a Saturday afternoon tilt in late February, the other a Big Monday context in late January.  The first game required a late spurt to finally put it away for good, while the second was effectively over at halftime.  One was said to have "clinched" Georgetown an NCAA Tournament berth; the other (unbeknownst at the time) featured two teams that would both miss the NCAA Tournament.

 

There was this one thing they had in common though...

 

...Syracuse University.

 

Those two words are why I can more easily recall February 24, 2001 and January 28, 2002 than my parents' anniversary.  That one school is why Demetrius Hunter, Lee Scruggs, and Kevin Braswell are folk heroes in my world and there are no greater villains than Preston Shumpert, Damone Brown, and Jim Boeheim. 

 

That one small detail tying together two entirely different games 13 months apart is why, on the occasion of 1/28/02, I vociferously defended the practice of rushing the court in late January to an ardently anti-rushing alumnus with one simple, concise argument:

 

This is different.  This is Syracuse.

 

Upon further reflection, he saw my point.

 

 

Over the past week, I've asked the members of the message board community at HoyaSaxa.com to vote for their favorite Georgetown-Syracuse games of all-time.  After a week of sorting through emails and messages from every generation imaginable, we've finally narrowed it down to the top ten (Surprise! We won all ten of the games!).  Aside from the clear-cut number one choice (which received almost three times as many points as number two), it was an extremely close ballot.


The following are the Top Ten Favorite Georgetown-Syracuse Games of All-Time, as voted by the members of the HoyaSaxa.com community and the Hoop Club Blog staff:

 

#10: January 28, 2002

Georgetown 75 Syracuse 60 (MCI Center)

 

The game that produced, for my money, the best student section cheer I have ever heard:

 

PRESTON'S CRYING!

 

#9: March 12, 1989

Georgetown 88 Syracuse 79 (Big East Tournament Final, Madison Square Garden)

 

Georgetown's third straight Big East Tournament Finals victory over the Orangemen.  Little did anyone in the Garden know at the time it would be 18 years until the Hoyas would lift the trophy at center court at MSG.

 

#8: February 25, 2006

Georgetown 68 Syracuse 53 (Verizon Center)

 

John Thompson III: "[Beating] Duke was nice, this one is nicer. To beat Syracuse when you're Georgetown is important."

 

#7: March 5, 1979

Georgetown 66 Syracuse 58 (ECAC South Finals, Cole Field House)

 

Junior Stars John "Ba-Ba" Duren and Craig "Big Sky" Shelton joined forces with frosh phenom Eric "Sleepy" Floyd to knock the "Louie (Orr) and (Roosevelt) Bowie Show" out of the running for the NCAAs.  We made the Cuse guards, Marty Head and Bernie Cohen, look very bad in a most satisfying victory.   (Michael Karam, F '72, L '76, L '81)

 

#6: March 8, 1987

Georgetown 69 Syracuse 59 (Big East Tournament Final, Madison Square Garden)

 

Reggie and the Miracles complete a three-game season sweep over Seikaly, Douglas, and Coleman, the eventual National Runners-Up.

 

#5: February 24, 2002

Georgetown 75 Syracuse 69 (Carrier Dome)

 

The dedication of Jim Boeheim Court goes about as well as the closing of Manley Field House.

 

#4: January 24, 1988

Georgetown 69 Syracuse 68 (Carrier Dome)

 

Charles Smith.  Coast. To. Coast.

 

#3: March 9, 2000

Georgetown 76 Syracuse 72 (Big East Tournament Quarterfinals, Madison Square Garden)

 

This was the first victory over Cuse I witnessed live, the first BET I attended, I won a 20-1 bet with my dad, Cuse was #12 and we were unranked, MSG was a madhouse, and I got to see a couple Cuse players cry while bando and I did a lap around the Garden drinking OJ and smoking stogies. Hard to top it in terms of personal experience.  (Doug Herrema, CAS '02)

 

#2: March 10, 1984

Georgetown 82 Syracuse 71 (OT) (Big East Tournament Final, Madison Square Garden)

 

Perhaps the most brutal, dramatic and satisfying game that I can ever recall.  Michael Graham gave a taste of things to come in the NCAA tournament by his performance in this game.  I believe that he tangled, among others, with Andre Hawkins, one of the all-time Cuse thugs.  Pearl Washington put on a show that only the Pearl could perform - - making Gene Smith (and any other Hoya who tried to defend him) look bad, very bad).  We were a bit lucky to get this one into overtime, but once we did, as with last year's UNC game, it was all Georgetown.  (Michael Karam, F '72, L '76, L '81)

 

#1: February 13, 1980

Georgetown 52 Syracuse 50 (Manley Field House)

 

Six words that defined a rivalry: Manley Field House is officially closed.

 

 

Will meeting #83 between the Hoyas and Orange become part of the Top Ten?  You never know, and that's what makes rivalries so intriguing.

 

Obviously you're going to want to watch this one.  If you can't make it to the Verizon Center, here is your game watching information:

 

TV: "Big Monday" on ESPN, 7:00pm

 

Radio: WTEM AM 980 at http://www.sportstalk980.com

 

Game Watch Parties: http://guhoyas.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/hoya-hoop-club-activities.html

 

 

Two Years Later: On January 21, 2006 the Hoyas defeated #1 ranked Duke 87-84 at the Verizon Center--which marked the fourth time I stormed the court at Georgetown's home arena.  I camped out in front of the F Street entrance beginning at 10:30pm on January 20, 2006 with an intrepid group of about 20 students from the student spirit group Hoya Blue.


On the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the game, I wrote an article for HoyaSaxa.com recounting my experiences that day.  You can read it here: http://www.hoyasaxa.com/sports/backpage/hawkes_12107.htm

 

We jokingly called ourselves "Team Moderate Temperature" because of the mild weather that night (a previous group of campers for the 2004 Duke game was nicknamed "Team Ice Cold").  As I type this, the temperature on my balcony across the river from Washington DC is 19 degrees.  To all the students getting an early jump on the line at the Verizon Center tomorrow--stay warm out there!

 

Let's make it a memorable one tomorrow--as if all Georgetown-Syracuse games aren't.

 

John Hawkes (SFS '04)

Proud Member of Generation Burton

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December 11
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December 17
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y.

ESPN
106.7 FM
December 22
6:30 PM
UNC Greensboro
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FS1
106.7 FM
December 28
8:30 PM
Marquette
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December 28
2:00 PM
DePaul
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December 30
2:00 PM
Marquette
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December 31
11:00 AM
Xavier
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99.1 FM
December 31
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January 1
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Los Angeles, Calif.
January 4
7:00 PM
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January 4
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Villanova
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January 6
TBA
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January 7
12:00 PM
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January 8
2:05 PM
Creighton
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January 9
6:30 PM
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FS1
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January 10
7:00 PM
Providence
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January 13
7:00 PM
St. Johns
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FS1
January 13
5:00 PM
George Washington/Bowling Green
Washington, D.C. (GW)
January 14
12:00 PM
UConn
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FOX
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January 14
1:00 PM
American
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January 14
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January 14
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January 15
2:00 PM
Seton Hall
McDonough Arena

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January 16
9:00 PM
Providence
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FS1
106.7 FM
January 16
1:00 PM
Rider
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January 20
8:00 PM
Xavier
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FS1
January 20
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January 20
All Day
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Staten Island, N.Y.
January 21
1:00 PM
Drexel
Philadelphia, Pa.
January 22
2:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio

CBS
106.7 FM
January 22
1:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.

BEDN
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January 25
7:00 PM
Creighton
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January 27
1:00 PM
Drexel
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January 27
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January 27
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January 27
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January 28
8:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.

CBSsn
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January 28
1:00 PM
Villanova
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State College, Pa.
January 28
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January 28
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State College, Pa.
January 31
9:00 PM
DePaul
Rosemont, Ill.

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12:00 PM
Providence
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February 4
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February 4
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February 4
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Boston, Mass.
February 4
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February 4
All Day
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February 5
1:00 PM
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McDonough Arena

BEDN
February 5
TBA
Harvard
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February 7
7:00 PM
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.

FS1
106.7 FM
February 8
TBA
Morgan State
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February 10
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Seton Hall
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BEDN
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TBA
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Miami, Fla.
February 10
11:00 AM
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Washington, D.C.
February 10
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Staten Island, N.Y.
February 10
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February 10
All Day
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa
February 10
All Day
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa
February 11
12:00 PM
Marquette
Verizon Center

FOX
106.7 FM
February 11
10:00 AM
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February 11
4:00 PM
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Lynchburg, Va.
February 11
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February 11
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February 11
All Day
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February 11
All Day
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Ames, Iowa
February 11
All Day
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Ames, Iowa
February 12
2:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.

BEDN
February 15
TBA
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Arlington YMCA
February 17
7:00 PM
Butler
McDonough Arena

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February 17
6:00 PM
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Davidson, N.C.
February 17
12:00 PM
Colgate
Greenville, S.C.
February 17
2:00 PM
Furman
Greenville, S.C.
February 18
2:00 PM
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Davidson, N.C.
February 18
11:00 AM
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February 18
1:00 PM
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February 18
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February 18
All Day
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Notre Dame, Ind.
February 18
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February 18
All Day
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Notre Dame, Ind.
February 19
3:30 PM
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.

FS1
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February 19
2:00 PM
Xavier
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BEDN
February 19
1:00 PM
Davidson
Davidson, N.C.
February 22
7:00 PM
DePaul
Verizon Center

CBSsn
106.7 FM
February 22
3:00 PM
Coppin State
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February 22
11:00 AM
Morgan State
Arlington YMCA
February 22
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February 23
All Day
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Long Island, N.Y.
February 24
8:00 PM
Marquette
Milwaukee, Wis.

BEDN
February 24
4:00 PM
USC Upstate
Spartanburg, S.C.
February 24
12:00 PM
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Washington, D.C.
February 24
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February 24
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February 25
12:00 PM
St. Johns
New York, N.Y.

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2:00 PM
Wofford
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February 25
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February 25
All Day
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Staten Island, N.Y.
February 25
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Staten Island, N.Y.
February 26
1:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.

FS1
February 26
12:00 PM
Dayton
Spartanburg, S.C.
February 26
All Day
Kiawah Spring Invitational
Kiawah Island, Sc.
February 27
All Day
Kiawah Spring Invitational
Kiawah Island, Sc.
February 28
6:30 PM
Seton Hall
Newark, N.J.

FS1
106.7 FM
February 28
2:00 PM
Navy
Annapolis, Md.
February 28
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Kiawah Island, Sc.
March 1
2:30 PM
George Washington
Arlington, Va.
March 3
2:30 PM
Chicago State
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 4
12:00 PM
Villanova
Verizon Center

FOX/FS2
106.7 FM
March 4
TBA
First Round
Milwaukee, Wis.

BEDN
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March 4
2:30 PM
Boston College
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 4
All Day
IC4A Championships
Boston, Mass.
March 4
All Day
ECAC Championships
Boston, Mass.
March 5
TBA
Quarterfinals
Milwaukee, Wis.

FS2
March 5
10:30 AM
Ball State
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 5
1:00 PM
UC San Diego
San Diego, Calif.
March 5
2:30 PM
UC San Diego
San Diego, Calif.
March 5
All Day
Battle at Boulder Creek
Las Vegas, Nv.
March 5
All Day
ECAC Championships
Boston, Mass.
March 5
All Day
IC4A Championships
Boston, Mass.
March 6
TBA
Semifinals
Milwaukee, Wis.

FS1
March 6
All Day
Battle at Boulder Creek
Las Vegas, Nv.
March 7
9:00 PM
Championship
Milwaukee, Wis.

FS1
March 7
12:00 PM
Western Michigan
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 7
TBA
Long Beach State
Long Beach, Calif.
March 7
All Day
Battle at Boulder Creek
Las Vegas, Nv.
March 7
TBA
UC Irvine
Irvine, Calif.
March 8
2:30 PM
Central Michigan
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 9
2:00 PM
Utah State
West End Club (Los Angeles, Calif.)
March 9
TBA
Utah State
Marina del Rey, Calif.
March 9
TBA
Loyola Marymount
Marina del Rey, Calif.
March 10
5:00 PM
Lafayette
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 10
TBA
Loyola Marymount
Marina del Rey, Calif.
March 10
All Day
GCU Invite
Phoenix, Az.
March 10
All Day
NCAA Championships
College Station, Texas
March 10
All Day
NCAA Championships
Fayetteville, Ark.
March 11
2:00 PM
Lafayette
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 11
All Day
NCAA Championships
College Station, Texas
March 11
All Day
GCU Invite
Phoenix, Az.
March 11
All Day
NCAA Championships
College Station, Texas