Georgetown Stages Furious Comeback, but Falls to Syracuse in Overtime, 98-94

Feb. 14, 2009

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Trailing by 16 points with just over eight minutes left to play, the Georgetown men's basketball team staged a furious comeback, tying the game at 83-all on a three-pointer from sophomore guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College [H.S.]) to send it to overtime, but Syracuse out-scored the Hoyas 15-11 in the extra frame as the 23rd-ranked Orange beat GU, 98-94, in front of 31,844 fans at the Carrier Dome Saturday afternoon.

It was the second-straight loss, and the seventh in the last eight games, for the Hoyas, who fall to 13-10 overall and 4-8 in the BIG EAST. Syracuse improves 19-7 and 7-6 in league play.

Georgetown trailed by one point (33-32) at the break, but Syracuse scored the first nine points of the second half and opened a 42-32 lead on a jumper from Rick Jackson early in the second half. The Orange continued to lead through most of the second half and extended their margin to 16 points, 66-50, on a three-pointer from Eric Devendorf with 8:14 to play in the game.

From that point, however, it was all Georgetown. Wright hit a three and scored on a drive while junior forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) added a reverse layup to cut the margin to 66-57 with 5:28 to play. A pair of free throws from Paul Harris and a three from Devendorf made it 71-59 with 4:17 to play. Summers hit a pair of free throws and senior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.]) added a drive to cut it to 71-63, but the lead was back to 10 points, 75-65, when Flynn hit a jumper with 2:36 to play. Summers hit a pair of three-pointers, the second with 1:25 to play, as the lead was narrowed to five points, 76-71.

Free throws from Sapp and a three from Wright with 38 seconds to play made it 80-76 and after freshman center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) came up with a steal, sophomore guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) scored on a layup to make it 80-78 with 37 seconds left. Flynn hit two free throws to make it 82-78, but Wright fed Monroe for a bucket with 24 seconds to play. After Jackson hit 1-of-2 free throws, Wright hit a three to tie the game. SU turned it over and Summers had a shot at the buzzer for the win, but it fell short, sending the game to overtime.

In the overtime, SU jumped out to a quick lead after a Devendorf three, but a jumper from Sapp and one from Freeman with 2:14 to play gave the Hoyas an 89-88 lead. Devendorf, who scored 23 points and hit five from outside the arc, followed with another shot, giving the Orange the lead for good, 91-89. The lead grew to four points, 93-89, after Flynn free throws with 50 seconds left and the Hoyas cut it to two points twice in the final 30 seconds, first on a Monroe layup with 25 seconds left and then on a Monroe jumper with nine seconds left, but Flynn hit two free throws with seven seconds left to close out the win.

Georgetown jumped on top early, with Wright scoring on a drive and back-to-back three-pointers from Freeman and Summers staking the visitors to an early 8-2 lead. Syracuse tied the game at 8-all on a basket from Onuaku, but the Hoyas immediately jumped back, with baskets from Monroe giving the Hoyas a 12-8 lead.

The lead went back-and-forth over the next three minutes, but a three-pointer from Rautins gave the Orange a 19-16 lead. The Hoyas, however, responded with a 10-0 run over 1:27, taking a 26-19 lead on three-pointer from Summers. Wright, who had a strong first half, hit a three-pointer and a jumper with about four minutes to play in the first half, giving the Hoyas a 31-24 lead. Syracuse would out-score the Hoyas 9-1 over the final 3:33 of the first half, taking a 33-32 lead at the break.

Wright scored a career-high 25 points, handed out six assists and had five rebounds to lead the Hoyas, while Monroe registered his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds, Summers added 17 points and eight rebounds and Freeman scored 19 points with six assists. The Hoyas shot 49.3 percent from the floor (36-of-73), were 37.5 percent from three-point land (12-of-32) and 58.8 percent from the free throw line (10-of-17).

Georgetown continues its road trip, visiting South Florida on Wednesday. Tip-off at the Sun Dome is slated for 7:30 p.m. The game will be shown live on MASN and can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.



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