Scoop Jardine had a nice game off the bench again as well. He was 4-4 from the floor for nine points and had four assists. He contributed, along with Joseph, to combine for 24 Syracuse bench points. Georgetown meanwhile had zero bench points.
Syracuse's defense was simply magnificent in the last 36 minutes of the game. Syracuse caused 19 Georgetown turnovers which allowed Syracuse to close the gap and then take and keep the lead. Syracuse themselves had 15 turnovers. The key to Syracuse playing well is keeping turnovers limited to around 12 per game. While 15 is slightly higher, the other team had more and 15 is far less than the 20 they have had in previous games. Syracuse led in almost every statistical category in this game except for three point percentage and offensive rebounds. It was one of their best played games all season, and did not allow Georgetown to close the gap down the stretch like West Virginia and Marquette did.
The crowd in the Carrier Dome, 26,508, seemed bigger and louder than any other crowd all season, despite the fact that the Marquette crowd was bigger. Many fans stood for good portions of the game. However several fans, including Derrick Coleman and myself, were yelled at to sit down. Sorry folks, this is a college basketball game, and against your arch-rival no less. It is simply ridiculous that someone would ever be told to sit down at a game this big save for some elderly couple who just can't bounce up and down like most people. For any other reason, it is simply ridiculous.
Finally, there has been a lot of talk of court storming lately. I'd like to point the legislation that one Matt Glaude drafted in March of 2006 when he edited this notebook that outlines when a court rush is acceptable. While I myself am a little more liberal in deeming a court rush proper, this is a good starting point for debate and reasonableness. I have taken the liberty of forwarding this to my former employer, the Connecticut General Assembly, for consideration and approval.
Syracuse earned another top 15 win, as we remain perfect against ranked teams this season. Jim Boeheim has earned his 20th win of the season for the 32nd time in 34 seasons. Good enough for best all time. Syracuse next takes on DePaul this Saturday. With #1 losing earlier this week, one can only speculate where Syracuse will be next week, but it will certainly be higher. For now we relish another big win against Georgetown. A team that cannot win in the Carrier Dome, much like Connecticut can't win in Madison Square Garden.
Finally, in honor of the big win, The Glaude from Hoya Suxa celebrating once again: