|Posted on December 8, 2018 at 5:40 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
The Syracuse Orange versus Georgetown Hoyas rivalry continued in early December with this wintery contest inside the Dome between the former Big East foes.
Syracuse came into this match-up leading the all-time series 50-43 against longtime adversary Georgetown.
This season, the Orange and Hoyas have begun the season with more success than not, Syracuse at 6-2 and Georgetown at 7-1.
Freshman guard Mac McClung's three-pointer would be the first points on the board for either team, happening on the Hoyas' first possession of the game.
After starting 0-for-3 from the field, the Orange connected on their first field goal at the 17:26 mark of the first half when redshirt-junior guard/foward Elijah Hughes sunk a three-pointer of his own, bringing the score to 4-3 Hoyas.
At the 11:01 mark of the first half, Syracuse was 1-for-14 from the field, making one of eight attempts from beyond the arc.
The Orange would finish the first half 6-for-14 from the field.
They were 5-for-8 on layup attempts, but 2-for-20 on all jump shots combined, both inside and outside of the arc, in the first half.
Syracuse also had six turnovers in the first half, leading to eight points for Georgetown, with the Hoya ending the first 20 minutes of play ahead 35-22.
Junior shooting guard Tyus Battle began the second half with a spark for the Orange, scoring five straight points and seven of the team's first nine points of the half. This run shortened Syracuse's deficit from down 13 to within three, 39-36.
Sophomore forward Oshae Brissett would knock down his first three of the game and point to the Orange fans as he brought the team within two, 41-39, by the 15-minute mark of the second half.
Georgetown would hit back-to-back jumpers to extend out to a 46-41 lead with Syracuse threatening.
Senior center Paschal Chukwu would score the next four points for the Orange, finishing at the rim and then making both freebies after an offensive rebound.
True freshman point guard Jalen Carey would find Brissett in transition who would finish at the rim to get Syracuse within a possession once again, down 48-45 with under 13 minutes to play.
Battle's baseline jumper in motion brought the Orange within one, 48-47.
A three-ball by Hughes at the 11:11 mark of the second half gave Syracuse the lead, 50-48, their first advantage since 17:26 remaining in the first half, a span of 26 minutes and 15 seconds.
Syracuse would go 5-for-6 on field-goal tries from the 11:11 mark to remain ahead 60-56.
With 5:51 remaining in the game, freshman forward Josh LeBlanc went 1-for-2 at the charity stripe to tie the game at 60 apiece.
After Battle made both of his free throws, sophomore guard Jahvon Blair would connect from beyond the arc to take the lead back for the Hoyas, 63-62.
A dunk by Chukwu with 4:47 to go brought the Orange within one, 65-64.
With five fouls and 3:06 to play, Chukwu would come out and sophomore forward Marek Dolezaj would enter the second half for the first time.
Carey would turn around and launch from the corner to beat the shot-clock buzzer with a three that reinstated the lead for the Orange, this time 67-66, with 2:35 to play.
Senior center Jessie Govan would respond with a jumper to swing the pendulum back to Georgetown, 68-67.
Then, Battle would send second three of the game home to elevate the Orange to a 70-68 lead.
Govan would answer again with his own deep shot, and the Hoyas would regain the lead 71-70.
With ice water in his veins all throughout the second half, Battle would work for his own shot by six seconds remaining and gain an open attempt, sending his jumper through the nylon for a 72-71 Orange lead.
A last-second heave by the Hoyas would bounce off the rim and the Orange would take the closely-contested bout 72-71.
Battle finished with 26 points in 39 minutes of play, going 8-for-18 from the field as well as 8-for-11 from the free-throw line. He also had five rebounds, three steals, and two assists to one turnover.
Hughes and Brissett ended in double-figures as well for the Orange, with 15 points and 12 points, respectively.
This victory moves Syracuse to 7-2, 6-0 at home, and places Georgetown also at 7-2 overall.