The No. 2 Syracuse Orange eked by the No. 11 Georgetown Hoyas in overtime on Wednesday night, 64-61.
The Orange (24-1, 11-1 Big East) were paced by 29 points from senior forward Kris Joseph, whose three-point basket in the closing seconds of the extra period sealed the Hoyas' fate.
With Syracuse’s departure from the Big East to the ACC looming, this game was billed as the possible last meeting at the Carrier Dome of the two schools which have shared a mutual hatred of one another for over 30 years.
Syracuse played with calm and effectively used both the three-point and free-throw lines to keep the game close throughout. The win gave coach Jim Boeheim win No. 880, which puts him in sole possession of third on the all-time list of victories in Division I, breaking the tie with North Carolina’s Dean Smith.
Only Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski are ahead of the Syracuse stalwart.
The Hoyas (18-5, 8-4) played a strong zone against Syracuse and obviously knew how to position themselves inside the Orange zone through good positioning and ball movement, which included inside-out passing and overloading the sides.
Georgetown failed to capitalize on its superior rebounding effort by attempting to shoot over the defensive zone but only managed to hit 5-of-21 shots from beyond the arc, a recipe for disaster against Syracuse.
This was going to be an ugly game. Syracuse and Georgetown are two of the top defensive teams in the country and showcased good ol’ fashioned, hard-fought, physical Big East basketball.
Here are some of the prevalent impressions that should be taken away from this game.