WASHINGTON - Syracuse tied the game with a minute remaining in regulation, and proceeded to outscore the Georgetown men's basketball team, 17-10, in overtime to hand the Hoyas their first loss of the season, 86-79, on Saturday afternoon in front of 15,418 fans at Capital One Arena. With the loss, Georgetown slips to 8-1 while the Orange improve to 9-1 on the year.
"It's a game that we should've won," Georgetown Head Coach Patrick Ewing said. "When you're up double figures, especially down the stretch, you can't make the mistakes that we made."
Junior center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) led the Hoyas with 21 points to go along with a team-best eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Sophomore guard Jagan Mosely (Marlboro, N.J./St. Anthony) matched his career high with 20 points, five boards, three assists and two steals. Junior forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy) totaled 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds while freshman guard Jamorko Pickett (Washington, D.C./Massanutten Military Academy [Va.]) chipped in 12 points with two rebounds and four assists.
Georgetown shot 45.6 percent from the floor on 26-for-57 shooting while hitting 25-of-30 (.833) from the free throw line. The Hoyas received more production from its bench, tallying 23 points from their reserves to Syracuse's five. GU was outrebounded, 44-37.
Trailing 10-7, Mosely's back-to-back, fast-break buckets, first an athletic move to the bucket followed by a pull-up jumper, gave the Hoyas their first lead of the game, 11-10. A denial from Govan kept the momentum with the Hoyas and a pair of Mosely free throws was enough to give the Hoyas a 13-10 advantage. Derrickson provided the next run for the Hoyas as he provided a jumper and a pair from the charity stripe for the 17-12 lead.
An SU trey made it a one-possession game before a Govan basket pulled the Hoyas ahead, 19-15. A pair of layups from the Orange knotted the game at 19 with 4:15 on the clock. Johnson sunk a pair of free throws but another 3-pointer put Syracuse up, 22-21. The Hoyas claimed the next five points, capped by a thunderous Mosely dunk, as they took the 26-22 advantage. With time left for one more play, Johnson grabbed ball and banked in the final bucket as the Hoyas went into the break with the four-point advantage, 28-24.
Coming out of the break, Georgetown went on 8-2 run - fueled by free throws from Pickett and Derrickson as well as layups from Johnson and Govan - to take the 10-point lead before Syracuse called a timeout. Both teams continued to trade points but it was a commanding Derrickson dunk that erupted the crowd. The Orange put up another one from downtown to cut the lead to seven but it was Derrickson again with the answer as he converted the three-point play to put GU back up by 10, 43-33.
Key stops and crucial trips to the free throw line kept the Hoyas ahead despite Cuse's accuracy from long range. SU kept the game close, cutting it back to seven before a Johnson steal led to Pickett bucket that the frosh converted for the three-point play for the 60-50 GU lead.
Syracuse drained its fifth trey of the half to cut the lead to five, 65-60, with four minutes remaining in regulation. Another pair of clutch free throws from Mosely extended the Hoya advantage but `Cuse came right back with a bucket of its own. Pickett's jumper put the Blue & Gray back up but the Orange was able to score on the next three possessions to knot the game up at 69 with 1:00 on the clock. Missed opportunities on both sides sent the longtime rivals into overtime.
The Orange took the early lead in overtime with their ninth 3-pointer of the game. Mosely's jumper pulled the Hoyas within one but `Cuse came right back with a layup to pull ahead once again. Mosely once again was the one with the hot hand as he nailed the layup on a dish from freshman guard Jahvon Blair (Brampton, Ont./Athlete Institute Prep) to pull within one, 74-73. The Orange continued to be red hot from downtown as they hit another 3-pointer. Govan drew the foul and hit both his free throws to keep it a one-possession game, 77-75, but `Cuse made five of its next six free throws to take the 82-75 advantage. Govan and Mosely would hit layups in the waning seconds, but Syracuse held on for the 86-79 win.
The Orange shot 40.6 percent from the floor and tallied 10 3-pointers in the game. SU's Tyus Battle led the team with 29 points while Oshae Brisset poured in 25.
The Blue & Gray will return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 20, when it plays host to North Texas with a 7 p.m. tipoff at Capital One Arena. The game will be shown live on FS1 as Bob Picozzi handles the play-by-play and Tarik Turner provides color analysis. The game can be heard locally on WJFK 106.7 FM with Rich Chvotkin handling the call.