Instant Analysis: Syracuse 58, Georgetown 55

Instant Analysis: Syracuse 58, Georgetown 55
March 15, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Recap: The third game against their archiest of rivals proved not so charming for the Hoyas.

No.5 Georgetown stormed back from a 12-point second half deficit to force overtime, but scored only made only one field goal in the extra session and lost to No. 19 Syracuse 58-55 on Friday night in the semifinal round of the Big East Tournament.

The Hoyas (25-6) defeated their longtime and departing Big East foe twice during the regular season including 61-39 last Saturday at the Verizon Center, but couldn't pull off the hat trick. Mikael Hopkins scored a career-high 15 points and Markel Starks scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half but fouled out early in overtime.

Syracuse (26-8) never trailed in overtime after scoring the first four points. Hopkins scored Georgetown's only field goal in overtime and Porter's free throws made it 57-55 with 40 seconds remaining. The Orange kept the result in doubt by missing three of four free throws in the final 18 seconds, but in between Hoyas committed a turnover. Jabril Trawick's halfcourt shot missed at the buzzer.

Otto Porter scored 12 points including two game-tying free throws with 7.3 seconds left in regulation. Georgetown closed the second half with a 19-8 run over the final 11:36. 

James Southerland, Michael Carter-Williams and Baye Keita each scored 13 points for the  Orange, who will play the Louisville-Notre Dame winner in Saturday' championship game.

With Syracuse heading to the ACC next season and Georgetown sticking with the retooled Big East, the two teams will no longer be conference rivals. 

Turning Point: Even though the Hoyas charged back late, the first half deficit proved a steep hill to climb.

Georgetown led for the opening 11 minutes with the offense find opportunities inside the 3-points and Nate Lubick's layup put the Hoyas up 17-14 with 8:32 remaining in the half. Then the misses began accumulating, then the momentum shifted. Over the next seven minutes, Georgetown clanked shots, both open and contested. In that span they Hoyas erred on 10 straight shots while committing three turnovers, all by Trawick. 

Meanwhile Trevor Cooney turned folk hero for Syracuse. The little-used redshirt-freshman scored eight points with two 3-pointers during a 13-0 run as Syracuse led 27-20. Trawick's 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining ended the drought, but the Orange entered halftime up 29-20. 

The stat: In the first two meetings against the Hoyas, the Orange finished a combined 5 of 31 from beyond the 3-point arc. Getting its third taste of Georgetown's man and zone schemes, Syracuse knocked down 7 of 18 with the scorching Southerland and Cooney leading the perimeter. After missing all three of his 3-point tries and finishing 0 of 8 from the floor at the Verizon Center last weekend, Southerland made 4 of 10. Georgetown held Syracuse to 28 percent shooting in the second half and 36.5 percent shooting overall.

 On the other end, the Hoyas missed six of seven from beyond the arc in the first half, went 0 of 3 in overtime and finished 4 of 18 (22.2 percent). In the previous meeting, Georgetown made 9 of 22 (40.9 percent).

What's next: The Hoyas now wait the reveal of the NCAA Tournament bracket Sunday night. The loss surely takes them out of No. 1 seed consideration, but a two is within reach. Landing a first week spot in the Philadelphia pod and receiving fortuitous matchups going forward are bigger deals than the seed.

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