SU closes regular season with loss to Hoyas


WASHINGTON – In the final BIG EAST meeting between #17/16 Syracuse (23-8, 10-7) and #5/5 Georgetown, (24-5, 14-4) the Orange concluded the regular-season with a 61-39 loss to the Hoyas at the Verizon Center.

Sophomore Michael Carter-Williams led the offense with 17 points, while sophomore Rakeem Christmas led the team on the boards, grabbing six rebounds.

Markel Starks paced the Hoyas with 19 points, shooting five-of-nine from three-point range. Starks and three other Georgetown players helped the Hoyas to a win with double figure scoring.

Despite an early 3-0 Orange lead led by Christmas, the Hoyas quickly answered back with an 8-0 run, highlighted by back-to-back three-pointers from Starks for a four-point advantage at 8-4. Down by three at 11-8, Carter-Williams knotted the score at 11-11 with a three-point play.

After coming up short attempting to break away, Christmas pulled SU within one-point of the lead with a layup to set the score at 16-15 with 5:49 remaining in the opening frame.

As both clubs struggled to maintain a steady advantage, D'Vaun Smith-Rivera drained a three-pointer, followed by a pair of free throws from Otto Porter to give Georgetown its largest lead of the half at 25-18 heading into the intermission.

Following the break, the Hoyas stretched the advantage to 14 points, led by a 7-0 spurt that featured Starks' third three-pointer of the afternoon. Regrouping, SU slashed the Georgetown lead to nine points at 32-25 with seven consecutive points, including four from Carter-Williams and a three-point play from Christmas.

The Hoyas increased their advantage to as much as 16 points before the Orange halted the momentum with two consecutive jumpers from Carter-Williams and senior Brandon Triche at 44-31. Syracuse couldn't extend the streak though, as Georgetown used a final 9-0 run to move ahead by 22 with less than seven minutes remaining in the game.

Georgetown sealed the victory with a three-pointer, a slam and two free throws for a 61-39 final decision.

The last time the Orange were held to less than 39 points was during the 1962-63 season when SU defeated Kent State 36-35 in Manley Field House.

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