Jan. 25, 2010
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - No. 7 Georgetown jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the start of the game, but fourth-ranked Syracuse closed the first half with an 11-0 run to take the lead en route to a 73-56 win over the Hoyas In front of 26,508 fans at The Carrier Dome.
Junior guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) led the Hoyas with 23 points and six rebounds, while sophomore guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) added 15 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Sophomore center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) scored eight points and had four rebounds before fouling out with 6:27 left in the game.
Georgetown had jumped out to a 14-point lead early in the first half and still maintained a 6-point lead, 29-23, after a layup from Monroe, but Syracuse used an 11-0 run over the final 3:55 of the half as Georgetown was held without a field goal.
In the second half, the lead grew to seven points, 37-30, in the opening minutes, but a free throw from junior guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College HS) and a dunk from Freeman pulled the Hoyas to within 37-33. Baskets from Rick Jackson pushed the lead to 10 points, 43-33, before a three from Clark narrowed the margin to 43-36 with 15:36 to play, but a 9-1 run, capped off by free throws from Kris Joseph, widened the margin to 15 points, 52-37, with 12:37 left.
Georgetown would pull to within 12 points two times, first on a layup from Monroe (52-40) and then on a three from Clark (57-45), but could get no closer.
Georgetown had jumped out quickly on the Orange. After Syracuse won the opening tip, Monroe stole the ball and fed it to Wright, who found Freeman for a three to start it up. A layup from Monroe was followed by back-to-back three-pointers from Freeman and a three from Clark, giving the Hoyas a 14-0 lead at 17:09.
Free throws from Kris Joseph got Syracuse on the board and the Hoyas held the Orange without a field goal for the first 4:59 of the game, until a three-pointer from Scoop Jardine made it 14-5. Syracuse pulled to within six points, but a layup from Freeman pushed the lead back to eight points, 16-8, with 13:21 to play.
The lead was still eight points, 20-12, after a layup from Wright but the Orange pulled to within two points on a layup from Jardine. Clark responded with a three to push the lead to five points, 23-18, with 7:24 to play, but Syracuse again responded, pulling to within two points, 25-23, on a layup from Rick Jackson. A jumper from junior forward Julian Vaughn (Vienna, Va./Oak Hill Academy) and a layup from Monroe pushed the lead back to six points, 29-23, with 3:55 to play. Syracuse, however used an 11-0 run over the final 3:55 of the half and took a 34-29 lead at the break.
Freeman hit 9-of-18 shots from the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point land, to finish with a game-high 23 points. Wright added seven points and seven assists, while Vaughn added three points and three rebounds. The Hoyas shot 42.9 percent from the floor (21-of-49) and were 38.1 percent from long distance (8-of-21) and 54.5 percent from the free throw line (6-of-11). Syracuse held a 33-24 advantage on the boards, while Georgetown handed out 14 assists and committed 19 turnovers.
Georgetown returns home on Saturday, Jan. 30, hosting eighth-ranked Duke at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. The game will be shown live on CBS with Verne Lundquist and Clark Kellog calling the action. The game can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.