Georgetown Upends Syracuse In Final Big East Carrier Dome Visit; Carmello Anthony’s No. 15 Jersey Retired In Front Of Record Crowd
The will of No. 11 Georgetown and Otto Porter Jr. was enough to overcome a record Carrier Dome crowd on Saturday, as the Hoyas pulled away from the Orange in their final Big East Conference visit to Syracuse, taking a 57-46.
Porter Jr’s 33-points, eight rebounds and five steals led the way, pushing the Hoyas (21-4, 11-3 Big East) into sole possession of the top spot in the conference, at least for now. The next highest scoring Hoya was D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera’s seven points. Mosses Ayegba added 10 boards.
Syracuse (22-5, 10-4 Big East) could only muster 46 points, their lowest output of the season.
C.J. Fair led No. 8 ‘Cuse with 13 points and seven boards. Brandon Triche, who was off target from the opening tip, ended the game 4-13 with 10 points, the only other player on the team to have double digits. As a team ;Cuse was just 4-20 from 3-point range (Triche was 1-7).
Ex-Orange standout Carmelo Anthony’s No. 15 jersey was retired before the game, helping build the excitement for what many thought was going to be a nostalgic Big East classic. However, most of the record 35,012 fans in attendance went hope disappointed.
The Orange will visit Marquette on Monday night as the Hoyas prepare to travel to UConn on Wednesday.
Syracuse, Georgetown and Marquette entered the game in a three-way tie for the conference lead at 10-3. Marquette plays Villanova tonight looking to maintain a share of first.