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Syracuse Outlasts Georgetown In Overtime, Orange Play For Big East Tourney Title In Final Conference Game

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Baye Keita #12 of the Syracuse Orange reacts against D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera #4 and Jabril Trawick (R) #55 of the Georgetown Hoyas in overtime during the semifinals of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 15, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Syracuse Orange have a chance to leave the Big East as tournament champions.

‘Cuse was able to overcome Georgetown for the first time in three attempts this season, 58-55 in overtime, to punch their ticket to the 2013 conference title game after getting smoked 61-39 by the Hoyas just six days ago – the worst loss of the season for the nineteenth-ranked Orange.

Jim Boeheim got 13 points apiece from James Southerland, Brandon Triche and Baye Moussa Keita as Syracuse improved to 7-7 all-time against the Hoyas in the Big East tourney – how fitting it would end that way?

While Southerland poured in four more 3-pointers, it was Keita who took-on the Mr. Everything role: a personal best 7-7 of from the free thrown line (including some clutch foul shots down the stretch), eight rebounds and a combination of hustle plays and defense.

C.J. Fair (6 points) shot just 3-16 from the field but had the loudest play of the night, driving past and over Hoyas for a one handed dunk to give the Orange a 57-53 lead with 2:04 to play in OT.

Michael Carter Williams struggled as well with just three points on 1-7 shooting to go along with six turnovers, with six assists and five boards.

Georgetown, ranked fifth nationally, trailed by eleven with 11:30 to play in regulation, but fought all the way back to tie the game with under two-minutes in regulation, and knotting it again at 51-51 with seven seconds to play on a pair of Otto Porter Jr free throws.

Carter Williams raced down the floor and badly misfired on a game winning attempt, just inside the 3-point line, sending it to extra time.

Michael Hopkins scored 15 for the Hoyas (25-6, 14-4 Big East), Markel Starks had 13 and Porter Jr. added a dozen.

Syracuse (26-8, 11-7 Big East) will play the winner of Notre Dame – Louisville, looking for their sixth Big East Tournament crown, before exiting for the ACC next season.

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