Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
This rivalry that once was for Georgetown and Syracuse was nothing different then is had been in the good old days of the Big East. There are just so many matchups between these two teams that counting which one was better than the other would certainly be a challenge. The second half of today’s 79-75 victory over the Cuse will certainly add to one of the great ones in Hoya history. The main thing is… they finally got a quality victory.
Prior to today’s game Hoyas Head Coach Patrick Ewing said that any of his players are capable of stepping up as Kaiden Rice did in the win over UMBC. Today that guy was Aminu Mohammed.
Mohammed scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Hoyas, who out-scored Syracuse 45-31 in the second half.
While some may have been surprised by the Hoyas victory today based on how the played in the first half when they went to the locker room trailing the Orange by 10 points. It was the same outcome as the Hoyas showed in the game against UMBC. They let the opponent stay close or take a lead, then in the second half emerge as totally different team.
Georgetown was also able to finally get Dante Harris some help for the second straight game. He recorded seven points, six rebounds and a team-high six assists in the win over the Orange.
The Hoyas had a better-balanced shooting effort hitting on 45.5 percent (25-55) from the field including a solid 42.3 percent (11-26 3FG) from deep. Syracuse was held to 44.1 percent (30-68) shooting and a paltry 30.8 percent from downtown. The Hoyas outrebounded Cuse, 38-31, and scored 11 more points, 18-7, from the free throw line.
“Everybody did something positive for us to win. We rebounded the basketball. We defended them. It was a hard fought game… It’s great to beat Syracuse,” said Ewing.