Tuesday , Feb , 27 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Syracuse soars past Hoyas

Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – Senior Demetris Nichols scored 22 points as
Syracuse used a big run in the second half to knock off ninth-ranked
Georgetown, 72-58, at the Carrier Dome.

Andy Rautins added 13 points and Paul Harris donated 11 for Syracuse (21-8,
10-5), which has won five straight since dropping four of five. Eric
Devendorf deposited 11 points and dished out 11 assists for the Orange, who
used a 14-0 spurt in the second half to greatly improved their NCAA Tournament

“We have one very, very tough game left at Villanova and then the tournament,”
said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. “I’d like to keep working hard, try to get
better and see what can happen. We’ve come a long way in two weeks, a long
way. I’m really proud of this team, I don’t think we’ve had any team that has
been in quite as bad a position and make this kind of a stretch, not that I
can remember anyway. They deserve a lot of credit, and the seniors certainly
deserve a ton of credit.”

Patrick Ewing Jr. and DaJuan Summers scored 10 points apiece for Georgetown
(22-6, 12-3), which had its 11-game winning streak snapped. Jeff Green,
Georgetown’s leading scorer, was held to nine points on 3-of-13 shooting while
Roy Hibbert had just six points and two rebounds for the Hoyas.

Ewing’s three-point play and two free throws by Jessie Sapp gave the
Hoyas a 44-43 advantage with 11:58 left. The Orange responded with a 18-2 run
to open up a 61-46 lead with just 5:27 left to play.

Harris started the burst with a two free throws and a layup before Ewing’s jam
had the Hoyas within 47-46. Then came the 14 consecutive backbreaking points.
Rautins and Nichols both hit a pair of three-pointers during the stretch, and
Georgetown never threatened thereafter.

The Hoyas could not figure out Syracuse’s 2-3 zone all night. The Hoyas shot
29.8 percent from the field and just 20 percent (6-for-30) in the second half.

“Darryl (Watkins) kept his man in check, when you do that the offense will
come.” said Devendorf. “The defense makes the offense go. Their shooting
percentage wasn’t good. We closed out on the three point shooters, I don’t
even know if Sapp had a three tonight.”

After Ewing and Green drilled back-to-back jumpers to put the Hoyas on top
25-20, Syracuse went on a 10-0 run, capped by a Rautins trey to give the
Orange a five-point advantage with 2:35 left in the first half. Syracuse took
a 32-29 edge into the intermission.

Game Notes

This was the only meeting between the long-time Big East rivals this
season…Syracuse leads the all-time series 42-35…Green, who came into the
game averaging 13.5 ppg, also had 10 rebounds.