Orange Win Carrier Dome Thriller
Kris Joseph erupted for a career high 29 points leading No.2 Syracuse to a 64-61 overtime victory against 12th-ranked Georgetown.
Joseph had the gaming winning bucket, a three pointer with under 30 seconds to play which broke a 61-61 tie, and Scoop Jardine brought enough pressure on the ensuing possession to force a key turnover.
While the Orange were able to improve to 24-1 and 11-1 in conference play, what has been the team’s biggest weakness all season was reflected on the stat sheet. The Hoyas out-rebounded ‘Cuse 20-11 on the offensive glass and 48-30 overall.
Syracuse center Fab Melo had 11 points, 7 boards and six blocks. Dion Waiters had a terrible shooting night but finished with nine points. He was 3-12 from the field including 1-6 from 3pt range.
Wednesday’s meeting was historic on two fronts: It’s final time Syracuse and Georgetown will play at the Carrier Dome as Big East foes, as the Orange will soon leave the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference; And the victory was the 880th of Jim Boeheim’s career, placing him alone in third on the Division 1 men’s hoops all-time coaching wins list (behind Mike Krzyzewski and Bobby Knight).
‘Cuse hosts Connecticut on Saturday at 1:00.