Syracuse Uses Late Comeback to Defeat Georgetown in Overtime
Syracuse trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half, but rallied down the stretch to force overtime. The Orange came away with an 86-79 victory over their longtime Big East rival Georgetown.
Oshae Brissett ignited the comeback effort for the Orange as he scored 24 of his 25 points on the afternoon in the second half. The Orange tied the game at 69 to force overtime behind a steal and a layup in transition by Frank Howard. After Brissett won the overtime tip-off, Tyus Battle connected from behind the arc to put Syracuse up for good.
Syracuse held Georgetown to just 11% shooting from 3, while the Orange shot 44% from deep. Syracuse outrebounded Georgetown 44-37, including 19-9 on the offensive glass. After a slow start, the Orange offense came alive in the second half and overtime, scoring 62 points in the final 20 minutes. Syracuse’s full-court press bothered the Hoyas and forced them into 16 turnovers.
The “Big Three” for the Orange came up huge as Battle, Brissett, and Howard combined to score 73 of Syracuse’s 86 points. Battle led the way for the Orange with a career high 29 points, eight of which came in overtime. Brissett’s 25 points were also a career-high. Additionally, Brissett corralled 14 rebounds to lead the Orange. Battle and Brissett played all 45 minutes in the win.
Howard scored 19 points, dished out 9 assists, and came up with 3 steals, but turned the ball over 7 times.
Matthew Moyer and Marek Dolezaj contributed 6 points and 11 rebounds and 5 points and 8 rebounds, respectively.
Jessie Govan led the Hoyas’ attack with 21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks.
With the win, Jim Boeheim improved to 10-3 against Georgetown in games that go to overtime, and picked up his first win against first-year head coach Patrick Ewing.
Syracuse improved to 9-1 and handed the Hoyas (8-1) their first loss of the season.
The Orange will host the University at Buffalo on Tuesday, December 19. Tip-off is set for 7pm at the Carrier Dome.