Although many historic college basketball rivalries were extinguished through the financially-driven conference realignments in the early 2010’s, the classic Georgetown-Syracuse match-up still finds its way to stick around in 2021.
Teams throughout college basketball have been honoring the late Georgetown-great John Thompson by donning the shoulder towel that made Thompson infamous throughout the game (along with his other-worldly teams).
Ewing, who won an NCAA championship with Thompson as a player at Georgetown, was probably using his towel more than he liked throughout the game, as his Hoyas’ turnovers and missed shots down the stretch led to a 74-69 defeat to Jim Boeheim and the Orangemen.
Boeheim, who coached against Thompson for decades, now has his son on the team to be apart of the historic rivalry. Buddy Boeheim, the 6’6 Forward, led Syracuse to the win with 21 points and five rebounds. To combine that with his father’s great coaching, it was truly a “family affair”.
Syracuse also received contributions from Joe Girard III, who dropped 18 points including a key 3-pointer down the stretch to help ice the game for the Orange. Marek Dolezaj had a near-double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds, while Quincy Guerrier bested him by one point with 12 points and nine rebounds himself.
Jamorko Pickett, Jahvon Blair, and Donald Carey each scored in double-digits for the Hoyas, but turnovers near the game’s end appeared to be the “nail in the coffin” for Georgetown. Blair netted 16 points in the game, but his 5 turnovers stick out on the stat-sheet.
A struggling Georgetown squad (3-8) look to bounce back at home against DePaul this coming Wednesday, while Syracuse (7-2) will return to ACC play in Chapel Hill against North Carolina on Wednesday as well.