The Georgetown Hoyas, in front of an NCAA record 35,012 fans, defeated the Syracuse Orange, 57-46, in their last visit to the Carrier Dome before the Orange head to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.
In addition to ending the nation’s longest home winning streak at 38 games, the Hoyas also rained on Carmelo Anthony’s parade. The former Orange great and Most Outstanding Player of the 2003 NCAA Final Four, was courtside to have his jersey retired 10 years after leading Syracuse to its only national championship.
With the win, Georgetown (21-4, 11-3 Big East) seized first place in the league by a game over Syracuse, Marquette and Louisville (10-4). The Orange play at Marquette on Monday evening in their only regular season meeting and then host Louisville in the Dome next Saturday. As they enter the last leg of their final Big East slate, their spot in the standings is anything but secure.
Of a more immediate concern for Coach Jim Boeheim is how poorly his team played in so many facets of a game that, given their remaining schedule, was as close to a must-win as a first place team could have.
Let’s take a look at the reasons Syracuse lost.