Syracuse 75, Georgetown 71

John E De Freitas. | 2/24/2010, 9:10 p.m.

By John E. De Freitas

Syracuse University held onto their number five Big East rating by defeating Georgetown at the Verizon Center, 75-71, Thu., Feb.18.

A crowd of 19,975 that included boisterous Syracuse fans waved bright orange flags and attempted to drown out loyal Hoyas fans. For the first 30 minutes, Syracuse was in control, leading by 23 points but with one minute to the end of the game, Georgetown rallied and trailed by one point, only to lose by four.

Junior guard Austin Freeman scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead Georgetown, while sophomore center Greg Monroe added 20 points and a game-high nine rebounds and junior guard Chris Wright added 20 points and four rebounds.

"I'm proud of our guys,€ said Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III.

€Losing is hell and after a loss there is nothing but misery and pain. And there is misery and pain right now. But, I'm proud of how our guys responded. This team does not believe in moral victories. But I'm just proud of our guys,€ he said.

€I think that is a very good team that played very well tonight. We dug a hole for ourselves and fought and had a shot to win, but that's the way the ball bounces,€ Thompson said.

Syracuse's first half defense ... €I think that's the best I've seen that zone this year. Their team is playing that defense as well as I've seen it played. I need to go back and see if I really believe this, but we got looks, the ball out,€ Thompson said.
€Even at the start of the second half we got looks, we got quality looks on the inside. We played them the first time and spent too much time on the perimeter. This time off of penetration and off of throwing it in, we got the ball in both halves into the meat of their zone; we just got some unlucky bounces," he said.

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Georgetown€s Greg Monroe defends the ball against two Syracuse players. He looks to the official for help as he signals for a time out. Monroe scored 20 points. Syracuse€s Andy Rautins in the background scored 26 points during the game.

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Georgetown€s Chris Wright slips around his opponent to score two of his 20 points.