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Bill Spaulding’s Top 10 Moments in the G’town-SU Rivalry
Big East Basketball can be defined by one rivalry, Georgetown against Syracuse. This rivalry has everything you could ask for: great games, passionate fan bases, and icons in Jim Boeheim and John Thompson Jr. Let’s take a look at the top 10 moments in the history of the Syracuse Georgetown Rivalry.
10. March 10th, 2006, Syracuse 58 – Georgetown 57: Everyone remembers Syracuse’s run through the 2006 Big East Tournament, but this always seems to be the forgotten game. After Gerry McNamara’s buzzer beater against Cincinnati and overtime win against top ranked UConn, the Orange needed a win in the Big East Semis to keeps its NCAA Tournament hopes alive. The Orange trailed by 15 in the first half, but McNamara hit 5 3 pointers in the second and then hit Eric Devendorf for the game winning layup with 1.5 seconds left on the clock. SU went on to beat Pitt in the Big East Championship Game.
9. February 26th, 2007, Syracuse 72 – Georgetown 58: The Orange outscored the 9th ranked Hoyas 29-15 down the stretch to spring the upset, and send the SU students onto the court after the game. That was the win that was supposed to vault the Orange into the NCAA tournament, but we all remember how that turned out. The Orange didn’t hear its name on Selection Sunday and was relegated to the NIT.
8. March 15th, 1992, Syracuse 56 – Georgetown 54: 5th seeded Syracuse capped off its 3 day run through the Big East Tournament with a 2 point win over the second seeded Hoyas in the title game. Dave Johnson and Lawrence Moten earned spots on the All-Tournament team for SU.
7. February 14th, 2009, Syracuse 98 – Georgetown 94: 31,841 fans packed the crowd on Valentine’s Day. Syracuse blew a 16 point second half lead, but Eric Devendorf scored 6 points in overtime to lead the Orange to victory.
6. February 2nd, 1987, Georgetown Another matchup between the Orange and the Hoyas inside the Carrier Dome, another 30K + crowd. This time though 32,602 fans saw Georgetown grind out a 1 point win on Groundhogs day.
5. March 10th, 1984, Georgetown 82 – Syracuse 71: Patrick Ewing owns Madison Square Garden winning his first of 2 straight Big East Tournament MVP awards. Georgetown takes home its second Big East Tournament Title.
4. February 21, 2004, Syracuse 57 – Georgetown 54: After the rivalry had fizzled a bit during the Craig Esherick era, Gerry McNamara gave it a spark, draining a buzzer beating three to get the Orange a victory on the road.
3. March 5th, 1990, Syracuse 89 – Georgetown 87: A then record crowd of 33, 015 fans saw one of the best games in this rivalry’s history. The 10th ranked Orange beat the 7th ranked Hoyas 89-87 in overtime in what’s become known as the three technical game. Coach Thompson picked up 3 technical fouls on the same play, resulting in a 10 point possession for the Orange.
2. January 29th, 1985, Syracuse 65 – Georgetown 63: Pearl Washington’s free throw line jumper sent 32, 229 screaming Orange fans home happy, but that was just a small part of one of the craziest games in the rivalry. SU fans stole the show in this one, hassling Georgetown star Patrick Ewing all night long. The rowdiness reached its boiling point when a fan threw an orange at Ewing while he was shooting a free throw, prompting Coach Boeheim to chastise the crowd over the PA system.
1. February 13th 1980, Georgetown 52 – Syracuse 50: The game that really started it all earns the top spot on this list. Down by as much as 14, the Hoyas came back to win by two in the last game ever at Manley Field House. It was SU’s first loss in 58 games on its home floor and Thompson added insult to injury when he said over the loudspeaker “Manley Field House is officially closed.” Those words still fuel this rivalry more than 30 years later.
‘Cuse Countdown Analyst Teddy Goldberg gives some background on this year’s Hoyas
Georgetown’s season started rocky enough, after the Hoyas needed a late comback to hold off an unexceptional Old Dominion team. The Monarchs rank 280th in the country in scoring offense, but held a lead until the final minutes. Georgetown cruised for the next few weeks, but then defeated #8 Missouri in a barn-burner, an overtime game that saw the teams combine for 213 points. Perhaps worn down after scoring twice their season average, the Hoyas lost in Philadelphia to Temple two weeks later. They also fell in four of their first five Big East contests, including a tight loss on the road against St. John’s. Georgetown has seemingly found its winning ways again, after securing six straight conference victories. Coach John Thompson’s squad has found they high point of its season during their winning streak, which saw a 25-point thrashing of St. John’s to take revenge and even the two-game series, as well as back-to-back victories against ranked opponents (#7 Villanova and #13 Louisville). After a close win against gritty Providence, the Hoyas try to climb to the top of the Big East by knocking off their fifth ranked opponent of the season.
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Bill Spaulding’s Prediction: Syracuse 72 – Georgetown 67
Austin Freeman and the Hoyas are hot, but the Orange has had a lot of success against the Hoyas inside the Carrier Dome the past few seasons. SU has showed growth in its last two games with single digits turnovers in both contests. I think that’s the difference as the Orange stops the Hoyas win streak at 6.
Teddy Goldberg’s Prediction: G’town 72 – SU 66.
Syracuse’s 2-3 zone defense worked wonders against Kemba Walker, and stifled USF to 49 points. Unfortunately for the Orange, Georgetown shoots at a high clip (50.5%, second in the country). Georgetown has multiple players that shoot effectively (Julian Vaughn, 55%, Nate Lubick, 52%) besides Austin Freeman (54%), so shutting down one player will not be fatal for Georgetown like it proved to be for UConn. USF has the second-worst conference record in the Big East, so that victory can be considered taking care of business. Georgetown is too hot for the Orange, a team with one quality victory in the past month.
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