Syracuse, NY – Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim draped a white towel over his right shoulder during the national anthem.
The towel was a tribute to the late Georgetown coach John Thompson, who died last August. Thompson had a towel over his shoulder during games throughout his coaching career.
Boeheim and Thompson were fierce rivals who came to share great respect for each other.
Boeheim took the towel and put it on his chair during the game. Syracuse held on to beat Georgetown, 74-69.
Marek Dolezaj de Syracuse looked more like a hockey player than a basketball player by the end of the game.
Dolezaj lost a tooth after colliding with Georgetown’s Jamorko Pickett with a minute left in the game. Pickett appeared to accidentally hit Dolezaj’s mouth with his elbow.
Dolezaj’s mouth was full of blood and he briefly jogged off the field. However, he remained in the game.
Syracuse coach Brad Pike took to the field to check on Dolezaj and returned to the bench holding a tooth in his hand.
In his two losses this season, Syracuse has been dominated on the boards by Rutgers and Pittsburgh.
Georgetown entered Saturday’s game with strong rebound numbers. The Hoyas had a plus-6.4 rebound margin for the season.
But as Syracuse built a 43-30 halftime lead, he did so by hitting the boards, especially at the defensive end of the court.
Syracuse grabbed 23 rebounds in the first period compared to just 11 in Georgetown. The Hoyas only managed one offensive rebound and had no second chance points in the half.
Georgetown was much stronger on the boards in the second half, but Syracuse still beat the Hoyas 38-32 for the game.
The Hoyas scored just seven second chance points.
Marek Dolezaj turns into an ironman of Syracuse. He played the whole game on Saturday, keeping him down for 40 minutes or more for the fourth game in a row.
Dolezaj played the entire game against Northeastern, Pittsburgh and Georgetown. He recorded 42 of a possible 45 minutes in SU’s overtime victory over Buffalo.
Dolezaj finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Robert Braswell’s line in the box, the score will not stand out, but the second player was instrumental in the victory of the Orange.
Braswell finished the game with three points, three steals, two rebounds and one block.
The bloc has come at a critical time. Georgetown, who had trailed up to 16 points, had reduced the deficit to just 65-61. With just over 5 minutes left in the game, Jahvon Blair looked to have a breakaway that would close the lead to two points. But Braswell climbed to the other side of the floor and swept Blair’s shot.
Syracuse quickly pushed the ball into the area where Buddy Boeheim drained a 3-point lead for a 68-61 lead.
In all, Braswell gave Syracuse valuable contributions in his 17 minutes off the bench.
Syracuse terminé the first half on a 22-6 run to take a 43-30 lead at halftime.
The Orange explosion started with a four-point game from Joe Girard.
Girard, who had struggled recently, buried a 3 point after being fouled by Jahvon Blair of Georgetown. Girard made the free throw, turning a 24-21 deficit into a 25-24 lead and the Orange was on the way.
Girard finished with 18 points and 8 assists.
His nine-year career high came last season in a loss to Oklahoma State.
The Syracuse-Georgetown Rivalry doesn’t work as hot these days as it did in the 80s and 90s.
With Syracuse now in the ACC and Georgetown still in the Grand Est, the two enemies only see each other once a year. But there is another element that has been lacking in recent years.
From 2005 to 2013, which was Syracuse’s last year in the Big East, Syracuse and Georgetown met 17 times. One or both teams were ranked each time.
In their five meetings since 2017, including Saturday’s game, neither team has been ranked in the Top 25.
Centre de Syracuse Bourama Sidibe missed Saturday’s game with knee pain as he underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in late November.
Sidibe, who started every game last season, tore his meniscus in SU’s season opener against Bryant on November 27. He was originally supposed to return in four weeks.
Sidibe started training recently, but according to SU coach Jim Boeheim he was in pain.
He’s now missed eight straight games, including last week’s two SU games against Pittsburgh and Georgetown.
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