0 Comments Published on 3.15.2010 by Brian Harrison
Well that sucked right? Frankly it didn't matter much. Syracuse still got a #1 Seed in the NCAA Tournament as I correctly stated, like everyone else, was a lock. But that still didn't take away from the fact that Syracuse hats losing to Georgetown. I mean, we had beat them twice before so it was fairly reasonable to expect to do it three times. However, despite what some experts think about teams, no matter what you are ranked or how good you are, the simple fact remains: In the Big East any rival can beat another. This time Georgetown beat Syracuse in the Big East Tournament 91 to 84.
Once the two teams decided to not miss every shot Syracuse played pretty well in the first half. They made shots, and Syracuse was able to get the ball inside for good looks in the low post. Syracuse was up at the half barely 40 to 30. Syracuse has lately demonstrated an inability to put teams away and that was evident in this game. In the second half Georgetown continued to dissect the zone, where Syracuse missed jump shots, and more disheartening, lay ups. While Georgetown scored at a regular clip in the second half, Syracuse had two significant scoring droughts that put Georgetown up. They didn't look back. On top of that, Arinze Onuaku went down with a knee injury. Syracuse failed to come back and they exited the Big East Tournament thanks to a tough Georgetown team and mostly Greg Monroe.
Big East player of the year Wes Johnson was Syracuse's leading scorer. He had 24 points on 10-17 shooting from the floor. He played well and hit shots from the floor except for when Syracuse really needed the help towards the end of the game. He also had seven rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.
Both Syracuse and Georgetown shot the ball well in this game. Georgetown shot just slightly better with 57.9% versus 54.2% from the floor. Syracuse was also outrebounded in this game 28-26. But the real statistic that hurt the Orange was Turnovers. They had 17 in this game to Georgetown's 11. While Syracuse made the tough shots from behind the arc (11-20, 55%), they missed several lay ups down the stretch. Scoop Jardine missed two as the time was ticking down, and Rick Jackson missed four. Additionally Johnson, although trying to do his best to bring Syracuse back, missed some highly contested jumpers along the baseline. Syracuse played in panic mode the last four minutes and it did not suit them well. Syracuse has to continue to score throughout a game and survive runs better against top teams.
Again this story was significant at the time, but really isn't overall save for the injury to Onuaku. All reports indicate it is a quad strain and is all but out for this weekend's NCAA games. He should be ready to go by the 3rd Round should Syracuse advance to the Sweet 16 and improves daily. However besides singing as a loss to Georgetown it isn't like we won two out of three against our arch rival this season.
The Big East Tournament
By now you know that West Virginia beat Georgetown for their first ever Big East Tournament Championship. Congrats to them and star player Da'Sean Butler for hitting two brutally massive shots to end games. He was simply brilliant, and very Gerry McNamara-esque in how clutch he happened to be on the floor of MSG. Good for them and I can't feel too bad as they played the best in New York and had never won it before. Plus they beat Georgetown, which is always good. I hope to watch them in person in the second round in Buffalo this coming Sunday.