Georgetown juiced up a big road win on Saturday afternoon, knocking off former Big East foe Syracuse at the Carrier Dome 78-71.
In the latest chapter of this epic rivalry, the Hoyas manufactured a late run to pull away from ‘Cuse after trading blows for a majority of the game. Despite a push from the Orange, they couldn’t quite squeeze Georgetown enough to get the win, as JT3 and his bunch can say they have the last laugh in Jim Boeheim’s final go-around in this rivalry.
The dynamic duo of Rodney Pryor and LJ Peak matched one another with 20 and 23 points respectively in the win. The tandem did so while shooting a crisp 13-for-23 from the field, while the Hoyas as a team shot 47.2 percent against the Orange, the best mark of any team so far this season at the Carrier Dome. Peak and Pryor were also a combined 12-for-14 from the free throw line, an area where the team shot 88 percent on 25 attempts.
We’ll be back shortly with what we learned.
What we learned
The Hoyas are forever confusing
While Syracuse has gotten off to a disappointing start, they were seven-point favorites over Georgetown prior to Saturday afternoon’s collision in the Carrier Dome. And it was the Hoyas who wound up beating the Orange by that very amount, flipping the proverbial script on ‘Cuse. They’re winners of their last five now after their tough stint in Maui and their 2-4 start that had losses to Maryland and Arkansas State coupled with it. Needless to say: Georgetown remains confounding.
Govan is getting it going
Despite not lighting up the stat sheet, Jessie Govan had been playing alright up until a rough patch in the late stages of November. But since his eight point, 11 rebound outing against Coppin State, the sophomore from Queens Village, New York has been on a tear. That continued on Saturday as he scored 12 and pulled down 10 boards in just 23 minutes of action. Georgetown can only benefit going forward if he continues to play at this level, so for their sake, this continues along.
These teams need to just do this yearly
What a surprise that Syracuse and Georgetown, longtime rivals, doled out a great game and delivered a ton of energy inside the Carrier Dome. Shocking stuff right? Thankfully these two teams will be playing again the next two years and hopefully so on and so forth. It’s great for all involved, and there’s hardly any denying of that.