Well, that was a let down. Syracuse could do little against Georgetown and it was defense (shocking, eh?) by Georgetown that ruled the game. Georgetown came into the Carrier Dome and kept the all-time on campus record crowd fairly quiet as they dictated the game. All 35,012 fans were stunned as Syracuse’s lack of an interior game and Rakeem Christmas’ continued underwhelming performance were exposed in a big way. Exposed to the tune of Otto Porter hitting for 33 points while snagging 8 rebounds and getting 5 steals; he outscored his own teammates 33-24. Syracuse played hard, but Georgetown had an answer at every run or big play, and it was their own zone defense that befuddled the Orange. Good-bye also to the nation’s longest home win streak.
Final: Georgetown 57 – Syracuse 46
Syracuse had better get over this one in the next ten minutes as they hit the road to take on nationally ranked Marquette on Monday. Marquette has a habit of giving the Orange fits and SU are no road kings this season.
After they travel to play Marquette, they have a little visit from current #10 Louisville followed by DePaul and finally at Georgetown. Forget this one boys, you don’t have time to think about it.
Syracuse did retire the jersey of Carmelo Anthony at halftime with the 2003 championship team present. Anthony constantly points to his one year at Syracuse as the best year of his life and his generosity helped build the Carmelo Anthony Center. Congratulations!