5. 1987: Georgetown 83, Syracuse 81
No. 6 Syracuse, bound for the 1987 national title game, enjoyed a rare height advantage over the 11th-ranked Hoyas thanks to 6’11” Rony Seikaly and 6’10” Derrick Coleman. Playing at home, John Thompson Jr. responded by pitting Seikaly against 6’4” Perry McDonald, who had the game of his life: 23 points and a buzzer-beating jumper to win the game in OT.
4. 1988: Georgetown 69, Syracuse 68
Locked in a back-and-forth battle with the No. 15 Hoyas at the Carrier Dome, No. 14 Syracuse got a clutch basket from sensational junior Sherman Douglas to take the lead with eight seconds remaining. Unfortunately for the then-Orangemen, neither Douglas nor anyone else managed to stop Georgetown’s Charles Smith, who took the ball the length of the floor to scoop in a game-winning layup.
3. 2013 Big East Tournament Semifinals: Syracuse 58, Georgetown 55
After a no-show a week earlier in D.C., Syracuse’s offense managed to put up a fight at Madison Square Garden. Georgetown had to claw back from seven points down in the second half before Otto Porter Jr.’s one-and-one free throws sent the game to overtime.
In the OT, Brandon Triche had the basket that put Syracuse on top for good, but the one that will linger in memory is C.J. Fair’s highlight-reel dunk in the face of the 6’8” Porter.
2. 1985: Syracuse 65, Georgetown 63
Rafael Addison’s 26 points and 12 boards helped No. 9 ‘Cuse build an eight-point second-half lead before top-ranked Georgetown battled back at the Carrier Dome. Patrick Ewing, who finished with 21 points and 17 boards, put Georgetown up by one in the waning minutes, but Pearl Washington stroked a jump shot from the elbow with eight seconds remaining that gave the Orange(men) the win.
1. 1980: Georgetown 52, Syracuse 50
Syracuse’s first season as a member of the Big East was also the last for venerable Manley Field House as its home basketball venue. The Orange(men) had won 57 games in a row on that floor and were ranked No. 2 going into the stadium’s last-ever contest.
The unranked Hoyas, though, wasted no time in earning the animosity of their new conference rivals (whom they were facing for the first time in Big East action). After Syracuse had built a 30-16 lead at the half, Craig Shelton scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half to key the Georgetown rally. With just five seconds left on the clock, Hoyas star Sleepy Floyd buried two free throws to secure the upset.
After the horn sounded, Georgetown coach John Thompson Jr. provided the tag line for the game that started it all: “Manley Field House is officially closed.”