Georgetown's Chris Wright, left, passes around Syracuse's Fab Melo during the first half. (AP)
Feb. 9, 2011
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - No. 11 Georgetown out-scored Syracuse 15-3 over the final 6:40 of the second half and came back from a 4-point deficit and won its seventh-straight BIG EAST Conference game, 64-56, in front of 26,904 fans at The Carrier Dome.
The Hoyas improve to 19-5 overall and 8-4 in the BIG EAST with their seventh-straight league win, the longest win streak for GU since winning 11 in a row during the 2006-07 season. It was also the first win at The Carrier Dome for seventh-year Head Coach John Thompson III and the first for Georgetown in Syracuse since 2001-02.
Senior guard Austin Freeman (The Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) scored 14 points and had four rebounds, while senior Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College) added six points a BIG EAST career-high 9 assists and five rebounds while senior forward Julian Vaughn (Reston, Va./Oak Hill Academy) finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Junior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) scored 12 points, including six during the decisive run, and had three rebounds with five assists, while sophomore forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) added 11 points and five rebounds.
The Hoyas trailed 53-49 with 6:40 to play, but narrowed the gap to 53-52 on a free throw from junior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) and a dunk from freshman forward Nate Lubick (Southboro, Mass./St. Marks). After free throws from Brandon Triche pushed the SU lead to 55-52, a three-pointer from Thompson with 3:47 left tied the game at 55-all.
From there, it was all Georgetown, as the Hoyas used a 6-0 run, started a layup from Freeman and finished with two layups from Clark with 2:07 to play, making it 61-55. After a free throw from Scoop Jardine, Clark hit two free throws with 49 seconds left and Wright ht one with 34 seconds left to seal the win.
A 6-2 spurt over the opening minutes of the second half pushed the SU halftime lead of 31-29 to 37-31 on a layup from Scoop Jardine. The Hoyas responded with an 8-0 run over a span of 1:17 and took a 39-37 lead on a layup from Freeman with 16:02 to play. The run started on a free throw from Vaughn and Freeman sandwiched layups around a three form Thompson.
Vaughn's layup with 14;23 left made it 41-38 and a three-pointer from Freeman gave GU a 44-40 lead. The Orange, however, responded with a 7-0 run over 1:39 and took a 47-44 lead on a three-point play from Kris Joseph. A jumper from Vaughn and one of two free throws made it 49-47 with 9:30 to play.
The Hoyas trailed by two points at the half, 31-29, with six different players scoring and the Hoyas shooting 40.7 percent from the floor, including 50.0 percent from three-point land (6-of-12).
After the teams traded possession in the opening minute, Freeman hit a three to give the Hoyas the early lead before a three from Joseph tied the game. Clark, however, followed with a three as GU took a 6-3 lead and held the lead until the late minutes of the first half. Another three from Clark, this one at 15:59, gave GU an 11-5 lead and a three-pointer from Wright with 11:56 left matched the lead at 16-10.
Syracuse tied the game at 16-all on a jumper from C.J. Fair and then took an 18-16 lead on a Fair layup. A jumper from Vaughn tied the game at 18-all with 6:48 to play, but the Orange scored the next five points and took a 23-18 lead on a three-pointer from Triche with 5:28 to play in the half. The Hoyas responded with a 5-0 spurt of their own and took a 26-25 lead after a jumper from Thompson and a conventional three-point play from freshman guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep).
Trailing 29-26, the Hoyas tied the game with 16 seconds left on a three-pointer from Thompson, but a jumper from Dion Waiters with three seconds left gave SU the halftime edge.
Georgetown returns back home this weekend, hosting league rival Marquette at Verizon Center on Sunday, Feb. 13. Tipoff at The Phonebooth is slated for 1 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
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