When I sat down to watch my Syracuse Orange take on the Georgetown Hoyas, I have to admit, I had no hope. Here we were, an inexperienced team coming off a loss to Villanova, challenging the No. 9 team in the nation on their home court.
The first half was pretty unimpressive, ending in a score of 36-29 Georgetown, but at least we were only down by single digits.
Then the unexpected happened: The Orange took the lead. Freshman Donte Greene's layup pushed Syracuse ahead, 45-44. After a three-pointer by the game's leading scorer Jonny Flynn (24 points), the Orange took their biggest lead of the night, 58-51. Flynn also sank a three-pointer from behind the NBA line that gave the Orange (and their fans) the added excitement, the push they needed.
Tied at 60, neither team could score to secure the win in regulation, forcing the game into overtime. Syracuse kept up with Georgetown this long, surely they could hold on for five more minutes and complete the upset, right?
In OT, the Orange failed to score any field goals. Even worse, Arinze Onuaku missed four free throw attempts that would have sealed the deal for Syracuse.
Down by two, Flynn shot a three-pointer at the buzzer that looked on target. I actually thought, just for a split second, that we were going to do it. But, alas, the ball rimmed out and Georgetown won...again.
The disappointment I felt could not compare to Flynn's as he walked off the court, face buried in his jersey.
So even though the Orange held their own, they lost again, putting them at 3-4 in the Big East. Their next challenge: a home game against Providence on Sunday.