Girard Supplies Clutch Shooting In SU Drops Hoyas
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - One of the greatest rivalries in college basketball added another chapter on Saturday night as Syracuse (7-2) secured victory against Georgetown (3-8) in the Carrier Dome, 74-69.
Four Syracuse players had double-digit point totals. Buddy Boeheim led all scorers with 21 points and Joseph Girard III followed closely behind with 18 of his own. Quincy Guerrier (12) and Marek Dolezaj (11) also finished with 10-plus points.
HOW THE GAME WAS DECIDED
With Georgetown gaining ground on the Orange after cutting the Syracuse lead to five with three minutes to play, Alan Griffin found his way to the hoop for a layup and Girard III buried a long two-pointer to put the Orange up, 72-65, with just over a minute to play. Georgetown scored the final three points of the game on a triple from Chudier Bile.
FROM COACH BOEHEIM
"The difference tonight is that we made baskets when we really needed to" said Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim. "We handled the ball pretty well and our rebounding was much better. It was a good win."
OPENING A LEAD IN THE OPENING FRAME
The first 13 minutes of the half featured back-and-forth action between the former BIG EAST Conference foes. With the Hoyas leading 24-21 with 6:46 to go in the half, Girard III fought through contact to knock down a triple and buried a free throw to finish the four-point play. The make from the line kicked off an 18-3 Syracuse scoring run that featured seven points from Girard III and gave Syracuse a 39-27 lead with 3:09 to play in the opening period.
After a Georgetown triple from Donald Carey interrupted 12 unanswered Orange points, the 'Cuse collected the final four points of the half on a lay-in from Boeheim and a pair of free throws from Dolezaj. Syracuse took a 13-point lead into the intermission, 43-30. Girard III led the Orange with nine first-half points while three others (Boeheim, Dolezaj, and Guerrier) tallied eight points. Dolezaj led the Orange on the glass, grabbing six boards and leading Syracuse to a +12-rebounding margin in the opening frame.
STAYING ON TOP IN THE SECOND HALF
Holding a 53-39 lead with 13:56 to go in the contest, Jahvon Blair began helping the Hoyas get back in the game. He assisted on two field goals from Jamorko Pickett and buried a triple during a 7-0 scoring run that made the Orange lead 53-46 and forced a Syracuse timeout with 11:55 to play.
The Orange soon answered with a scoring spree of their own. Syracuse scored six-straight points over a two-minute stretch to extend its lead back to 13, 59-46, just past the midway point of the second stanza.
The visitors continued to creep back as the second half went on. An 11-4 run for the Hoyas narrowed the Syracuse lead to four, 65-61. With Blair breaking up the court with the ball in transition, Robert Braswell chased him for a rejection at the rim. Girard III grabbed the rebound and found Boeheim at the other end for a triple to make the score 68-61 with 5:14 to play.
In a tribute to legendary Georgetown Coach John Thompson, who passed away in 2020, Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim wore a white towel over his shoulder when he came to the sideline prior to tipoff. He wore it during the national anthem.
The win against the Hoyas increased Syracuse's lead in the all-time series to 52-44. Since Syracuse left the BIG EAST after the 2012-13 season, the teams have split their six matchups as non-conference foes.
The Orange improved their record against the Hoyas to 3-1 since former Hoya standout Patrick Ewing became Georgetown's head coach.
Joseph Girard III recorded his 500th career point on a jumper late in the second half. He also had a season-high eight assists.
The Orange bested the Hoyas on the boards, 38-32.
Syracuse travels to Chapel Hill to resume ACC play against North Carolina on Tuesday. Tip off is scheduled for 9 p.m. The game will be televised on ACC Network.