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Georgetown controls Syracuse, wins 89-79

The Hoyas broke away at the end of the first half and never looked back.

NCAA Basketball: Syracuse at Georgetown Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

In a clash of traditional Big East rivals, the Georgetown Hoyas prevailed, topping the Syracuse Orange by a 89-79 score.

The first half was largely a back and forth affair. Georgetown found success driving the lane, and kicking out to open shooters. The Hoyas assisted on 11 of their first 13 field goals, 7 of which came from beyond the arc. Syracuse also had early success shooting the basketball, shooting 50% from the field, and about 39% from deep.

Nevertheless, Georgetown ended the first half on a 12-2 run which was highlighted by a buzzer-beater three from Mac McClung.

Coming out of the half, Georgetown kept their foot on the pedal. The Hoyas maintained a healthy lead for much of the second half.

Syracuse struggled mightily without fouling. They sent Hoya shooters to the free-throw line a total of 31 times. Georgetown converted on 24 of those attempts. For comparison, the Orange finished the contest 5-9 from the charity stripe.

Additionally, the Orange were bullied on the glass. The Hoyas collected 41 team rebounds, 14 of which came on the offensive end. Jamorko Pickett and Omer Yurtseven led the way for the Hoyas, each securing 9 rebounds.

Despite the off-court issues surrounding Patrick Ewing’s team, Georgetown continues to play solid basketball. The Hoyas effectively space the floor, share the ball, and have opportunities for high-percentage shots. Their offense is versatile and can beat opponents inside and out.

When fans look back on this contest they will be sure to remember the incredible play of guard Mac McClung. He finished today’s contest with 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. He proved to be too much for the Syracuse defense.

As for the Orange, Buddy Boeheim led the way with 25 points. He finished 7-13 from the perimeter. Syracuse relied heavily on the play of veteran guard Elijah Hughes in the first half. He went into the halftime break with 18 points while shooting 63% from the field. However, Hughes lost his rhythm in the second half, finishing with 21 points.

For the Hoyas, they return to the hardwood on Tuesday night. They will host the UMBC Retrievers with that contest tipping off at 6:30 PM. They will be seeking their eighth win of the young season.