Friday , Mar , 10 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Another thriller advances Syracuse to Big East final

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Eric Devendorf’s layup with 9.3 seconds left
catapulted Syracuse to its third straight thrilling victory at the Big East
Tournament, as the Orange moved into the final with a 58-57 win over No. 23
Georgetown at Madison Square Garden.

Gerry McNamara assumed the role of Mr. Clutch again for the Orange (22-11),
who have won their first three games in the tourney by a combined four points.
McNamara, who ended with 17 points, tied the game with 48.1 seconds left, and
his bounce pass to Devendorf gave the Orange their only lead of the game.

Syracuse will try to win its second straight Big East Tournament when it
tangles with either second-ranked Villanova or No. 15 Pittsburgh Saturday
night.

On Wednesday, McNamara buried a running three-pointer with less than a second
to play to give Syracuse a dramatic 74-73 victory over Cincinnati in the
opening round. A day later, McNamara drilled another late three, this time to
force overtime, and hit three free throws in the closing seconds of the extra
session to help Syracuse to an 86-84 victory over top-ranked Connecticut in
the quarterfinals.

Devendorf ended with 12 points and Demetris Nichols scored 10 for the Orange,
who trailed by 15 points at halftime at 36-21.

Brandon Bowman ended with 12 points, while Jon Wallace and Jeff Green each
scored 10 for the Hoyas (21-9).

McNamara’s three-pointer had the Orange within 57-56 and Ashanti Cook then
turned the ball over after trying to make a pass while going over the end
line. Nichols passed the ball to McNamara along the left sideline. McNamara
then made a perfect bounce pass to Devendorf for the layup.

Georgetown then turned the ball over for traveling in the lane with 1.5
seconds left and the Hoyas, who didn’t have enough fouls to send the Orange to
the line, fouled twice. Syracuse was left with 0.5 seconds and successfully
inbounded the pass to end the game.

Syracuse scored the first seven points of the second half and then used a 9-1
run to get within 45-41 following McNamara’s three midway through the half.

An 8-2 spurt by the Orange tied the game at 49, as Matt Gorman’s three equaled
the score.

Game Notes

Syracuse became the first Big East team to win its next game after winning in
the previous round in overtime (0-16)…Roy Hibbert had nine points and 13
rebounds for the Hoyas…Georgetown shot 47.7 percent from the field, but just
8-of-22 (36.4%) in the second half…Syracuse shot 46.8 percent, including 14-
of-26 (53.8%) in the final 20 minutes…McNamara was 5-of-9 from three-point
range.

GEORGETOWN SYRACUSE