– With 2:02 to play, senior center Jessie Govan
(Queens Village, N.Y. / Wings Academy) nailed a basket to give the Hoyas the 68-67 lead. Syracuse answered with a triple but Govan came right back with a 3-pointer of his own to take the 71-70 advantage. Gaining possession with 10 seconds left, the Orange found Tyus Battle, who hit a jumper with 2.8 seconds to seal the thrilling 72-71 win at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon. Georgetown slips to 7-2 on the season while Syracuse improves to 7-2.
"My guys played hard, we were right there," Head Coach Patrick Ewing
said after the game. "Battle hit a tough shot and played a great game."
Govan's 22 points led a trio in double figures as freshman Mac McClung
(Gate City, Va. / Gate City) added a career-high 18 and senior Greg Malinowski
(Chantilly, Va. / Episcopal / William & Mary) chipped in a GU-best 11. Govan and freshman Josh LeBlanc
(Baton Rouge, La. / Madison Prep Academy) each grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the squad as Govan recorded his third double-double of the season. Govan and junior Jagan Mosely
(Marlboro, N.J. / St. Anthony) paced the offense with four assists apiece. The Hoyas managed 10 3-pointers in the game with Malinowski going a perfect 3 for 3 from downtown.
The Blue & Gray shot 39.7 percent on 25-of-63 shooting. The defense outrebounded the Orange 45-34 on the glass and held SU to 43.1 percent shooting in the game and a stingy 25.0 percent in the first half.
Georgetown opened the scoring as McClung drained a 3-pointer. Syracuse tallied five unanswered but the Hoyas took the lead as LeBlanc scored the next four with a tip in and a pair of free throws to pull ahead 7-5. Govan got on the board with a bucket of his own followed by another McClung basket.
Malinowski got the steal on the defensive end and got the ball into the hands of McClung who finished the play for the 13-5 advantage as Georgetown closed a 10-0 run. Syracuse ended the run with a layup to cut GU's lead to six, 13-7. The Orange sunk a free throw but LeBlanc had the answer with a layup to maintain a 15-8 advantage. Syracuse hit the first of a pair of free throws and grabbed the rebound to sink a layup, pulling within four, 15-11, forcing Georgetown to call a timeout.
Coming out of the huddle, freshman James Akinjo
(Oakland, Calif. / Salesian College Preparatory) tallied a bucket of his own, but Syracuse came right back with the retort. The Hoyas quickly moved the ball up the court and before 'Cuse had a chance to set the defense, McClung launched his trey, giving the Blue & Gray the 20-13 lead.
The Orange cut the deficit to five on a layup inside but Jamorko Pickett
(Washington, D.C. / Massanutten Military Academy [Va.]) sunk a deep 3-pointer to increase the lead to eight. McClung made an athletic move inside and hit the layup as the Hoyas took a 10-point advantage, 25-15. Syracuse was able to score points from the free throw line but a long offensive rebound for the Hoyas resulted in an Akinjo jumper to maintain the 27-17 lead before the media timeout. The teams traded buckets as Govan's touch on the offensive end pushed the Hoyas up 29-19 before a McClung free throw extended the lead to 11, 30-19.
The Hoyas found an open Govan on the left side who sunk a triple for the 33-19 lead. SU's jumper closed it to 12 but Govan drew the foul and tallied a pair of free throws to pull ahead 35-21. Syracuse hit one more free throw to provide the 35-22 score at the break.
To start the second stanza, the Hoyas tallied a bucket from graduate student Trey Mourning
(Miami, Fla. / Ransom Everglades) to pull ahead 37-22 but Syracuse strung together seven straight to pull within eight, 37-29. As the crowd got louder in the Carrier Dome, Govan found the bottom of the net to push the lead back to double digits 39-29. Syracuse tallied a quick seven on a conventional three-point play sandwiched by layups to make it a one-possession game 39-36, forcing the GU timeout. From the huddle, the Hoyas regrouped and Govan tallied a basket but SU nailed a trey to make it a two-point game, 41-39, in favor of the Hoyas.
The teams would trade points but it was McClung with the hot hand from downtown to push the lead back to 46-41 and moments later Govan's hook shot pulled the Hoyas ahead 48-41. 'Cuse strung together four unanswered with a pair of free throws and a layup in transition as the Blue & Gray clung to the three-point advantage, 48-45.
Syracuse closed within one on a pull-up jumper before a timeout on the floor. From the break, Syracuse took its first lead since the first half with a triple and extended it on a jump shot for the 52-48 advantage. Georgetown ended the Orange run as Malinowski nailed a triple to close within three, 54-51. Syracuse answered right back to move back to a six-point advantage. The Hoyas moved the ball around and Malinowski found the bottom of the net again from beyond the arc. However, SU answered with a triple but GU closed to within four, 60-56 with 6:57 on the clock.
Govan dished the ball from under the basket to an open Malinwoski, who hit his third trey, cutting the gap to 60-59. A LeBlanc free throw tied the game at 60 but Syracuse found itself at the line moments later and pulled ahead 62-60. Sophomore Jahvon Blair
(Brampton, Ont. / Athlete Institute Prep) nailed a 3-pointer as the Hoyas regained the lead. Malinowski sunk a pair of free throws as the Blue & Gray pulled ahead three but 'Cuse tallied a basket to make it a one-point game, 65-64. Georgetown pulled ahead by two on a LeBlanc free throw. However, an SU triple swung the lead back to the Orange 67-66, setting up the final two minutes.
Syracuse's Battle led the Orange with 26 points.
The Hoyas return to action on Saturday, Dec. 15 as they welcome the Southern Methodist University Mustangs to the friendly confines of Capital One Arena. Tipoff against SMU is scheduled for noon and the game can be seen live on FS1. The game can be heard locally on The Team 980 with Rich Chvotkin in his 45th season on the call.
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