Green paces 23rd-ranked Hoyas over Syracuse
=== Green paces 23rd-ranked Hoyas over Syracuse ===
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Jeff Green scored 18 points and No. 23
Georgetown put together a big second half to record a 68-53 victory over
Syracuse in a Big East matchup at the MCI Center.
Darrel Owens contributed 12 points off the bench on 5-of-7 shooting for the
Hoyas (19-7, 10-5 Big East), who have won two in a row after suffering
consecutive losses to West Virginia, Marquette and No. 2 Villanova.
Eric Devendorf led the Orange (20-8, 7-7) with 13 points and Darryl Watkins
had 12 along with seven rebounds. Syracuse saw a two-game win streak come to
Georgetown held a slim 36-35 lead early in the second half before reeling off
seven straight points, the last five coming from Green, to extend its margin
to eight with 15 1/2 minutes to go.
The Orange got within 45-42 after Devendorf’s transition layup two minutes
later and trailed 51-46 midway through the half. The Hoyas then embarked on a
7-0 run to move ahead comfortably.
Owens had the final five points of the flurry and put Georgetown up 58-46 by
hitting a triple with 8:21 left to play. Syracuse never got closer than nine
points down the rest of the way.
Georgetown scored six straight points to build a 22-15 lead with around six
minutes to go in the first half, but back-to-back three-pointers by Devendorf
quickly brought the Orange within one.
It remained a one-point contest heading into the final minute of the period
until the Hoyas’ Roy Hibbert was fouled after making a layup with 41 seconds
left. He made the subsequent bonus shot to give Georgetown a 33-29 edge.
Louie McCroskey made 1-of-2 free throws in the closing seconds of the half to
cut Syracuse’s deficit to three at the break.
Georgetown stopped a five-game losing streak to the Orange dating back to the
2001-02 season…The Hoyas finished with a 37-27 rebounding advantage and
grabbed 13 offensive boards…Georgetown committed just six
turnovers…Syracuse fell to 2-5 against Top 25 teams this season…Orange
leading scorer Gerry McNamara was held to eight points on 3-of-10 shooting. He
did have a game-high six assists.