Score: No. 19 Syracuse 58 No. 5 Georgetown 55
Stars: Syracuse: Baye Keita 13 Pts, 8 Reb (6 Offensive), 7-for-7 from the foul line.
Story: The Hoyas swept the Orange in the last regular season meeting between two of the biggest rivals in college sports. But the college basketball gods wouldn't let it end that way. They sent the Orange to the semifinals of the Big East Tournament to meet Georgetown one last time as a part of the conference.
Syracuse stumbled into the tournament but was red hot in the first two games against Seton Hall and then Pittsburgh. James Southerland has been making a Gerry McNamara-like run, hitting three-pointers more consistently than he has all season.
The Orange jumped out to a big lead and carried all the momentum into the half, but Georgetown adjusted in the second, tightening the gap. The Hoyas crawled back to tie the game and send it into overtime. It was an insane turn of events, with interesting calls from the officials and terrible decisions from the Orange. You can tell my by series of tweets:
Overtime featured much of the same drama. But an important bucket from Keita and then a huge slam dunk from a struggling C.J. Fair put the Hoyas away. Fair shot an uncharacteristic 3-for-16 and made some mental mistakes that 'Cuse fans rarely see from him. Carter-Williams also struggled shooting, going just 1-for-7 from the field.
Southerland hit four three-pointers today, tying him with McNamara for the most three-pointers in the Big East Tournament. It was Keita with the most important performance from the foul line. He averages around 50% from the line but hit all seven of his shots today.
Basketball fans rejoiced at the end of an amazing rivalry: