Monday , Feb , 26 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Hoyas can earn share of Big East title with win at Syracuse

Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – The 12th-ranked Georgetown Hoyas have won their
last 11 games, and they will battle the Syracuse Orange today in a key Big East
Conference matchup.

On Saturday, Georgetown took over sole possession of first place in the league
with a 61-53 decision over Pittsburgh. It has been a month-and-a- half since
the Hoyas were last defeated, and they can wrap up at least a share of the Big
East regular season title with a victory this evening.

Syracuse reached the 20-win plateau for the 29th time under head coach Jim
Boeheim with a 71-67 triumph over Providence on Saturday. The victory was the
fourth straight for the Orange, who will close out the regular season against
Villanova on Saturday.

Syracuse owns a 41-35 lead in the all-time series with Georgetown, and the
teams split a pair of meetings a year ago.

Georgetown managed to fight back from an eight-point deficit to knock off
Pittsburgh on Saturday. Jonathan Wallace tallied 17 points for the Hoyas, and
Jeff Green added 14 points before fouling out. The third and final double-digit
scorer was center Roy Hibbert, as he posted 12 points. An obvious key to the
triumph was the 22-8 advantage in points from the foul line GU enjoyed. Also,
the Hoyas managed to limit the Panthers to just 32.8 percent shooting from the
field, including 7-of-24 from three-point range. Green is netting 13.7 ppg on
52.9 percent shooting from the field, and the versatile forward is also pulling
down 5.9 rpg to go along with 98 assists and 30 blocks. Hibbert checks in with
12.7 ppg on 69.7 percent shooting from the floor, and he is also contributing
6.3 rpg and 64 blocks. The Hoyas are limiting their opponents to 57.6 ppg this
season on 39 percent shooting from the field.

Syracuse standout Demetris Nichols leads the Big East in scoring with 18.9 ppg
on the strength of his 43.2 percent shooting from three-point range. Terrence
Roberts continues to be bothered by a knee injury, but he is the leading
rebounder for the squad with 7.8 rpg. Like Roberts and Nichols, Darryl Watkins
is set to play his final career home game this evening. Watkins ranks seventh
nationally with three-and-a-half blocks per game, and he will go down as one of
the top shot blockers in program history. Add Eric Devendorf (13.2 ppg) to the
mix and it is obvious that there is plenty of talent in the lineup for
Syracuse. In the hard-fought victory over Providence last time out, Andy
Rautins came through with a career-high 19 points to lead four double-digit
scorers for the Orange. Nichols tallied 18 points, and his club limited the
Friars to 35.1 percent overall shooting.