Feb. 26, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Syracuse used an 18-2 run late in the second half to break open a close game en route to a 72-58 win over No. 9 Georgetown at the Carrier Dome Monday night.
The loss ended Georgetown's 11-game win streak as the ninth-ranked Hoyas fall to 22-6 overall and 12-3 in the BIG EAST Conference. Syracuse improves to 21-8 overall and 10-5 in the league.
Georgetown had come back from a 43-39 deficit to take a 44-43 lead after a pair of free throws from sophomore guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.]) with 11:58 to play, but the Orange would out-score GU 18-2 over a span of 6:31 and took a 61-46 lead on a layup from Darryl Watkins with 5:27 to play.
The Hoyas scored four points off free throws from Sapp and junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman), with about five minutes left and were able to pull within 11 points, 61-50, but could get no closer.
The Hoyas trailed by three points at the half and by five early in the second half, but a three-pointer from Wallace and a basket Sapp tied the game at 34-all. Syracuse immediately seized the lead back after a jumper from Eric Devendorf and a three-pointer from Andy Rautins, taking a 39-34 lead.
A pair of free throws from Demetris Nichols gave Syracuse a 41-35 lead, but the Blue and Gray used a 9-2 run over a span of 2:07 and took a 44-43 lead on Sapp's free throws. During the run, the Wallace, Sapp and freshman DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) each hit two shots from the charity stripe, and junior forward Patrick Ewing, J. (Marietta, Ga./National Christian Academy [Md.]) scored on a conventional three-point play. Two free throws and a layup from Paul Harris gave SU a 47-44 lead, but a dunk from Ewing narrowed the gap to 47-46 before back-to-back three-pointers from Rautins and Nichols triggered the late run for the Orange.
After Syracuse took an early 8-5 lead in the game, Georgetown used an 11-3 over a span of 5:40 and a 16-11 lead on a jumper from junior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep). The Hoyas had taken their first lead (10-8) on a three-pointer from junior forward Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) and used six points from Hibbert during the run.
The Hoyas again led by five points (25-20) after a Green dunk with 5:20 left in the half, but the Orange used a 12-1 run over a span of 4:10 and took a 32-26 lead with just over a minute left before the half. A three-pointer from freshman guard Jeremiah Rivers (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) narrowed the gap to three points, 29-26, at halftime.
Ewing scored 10 points and grabbed seven boards to lead Georgetown, while Summers added 10 points and four boards. Green finished with nine points and 10 rebounds, Sapp scored eight points, Wallace tallied seven and Hibbert chipped in with six points.
Georgetown returns home to play on Saturday, March 3 against Connecticut at Verizon Center. Tip-off on Senior Day is slated for noon. The game will be shown live on CBS and can be heard locally on SportsTalk 980 AM.
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