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February 23, 2013

Orange cannot claim 39

This is a press release regarding G'Town's 57-46 win at Syracuse today. Info nuggets: This, the last time these teams play at the Carrier Dome in BIG EAST regular season history, saw the 'Cuse's nation leading 38 game home winning streak end. It also the lowest offensive output for Syracuse in said dome.

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Otto's Army Leads No. 11 Georgetown Past No. 8 Syracuse, 57-46, at Carrier Dome



Syracuse, N.Y. - Sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central) scored 33 points and Georgetown used a big run in the second half and topped No. 8 Syracuse in front of 35,012 fans at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon.

It was the ninth-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 21-4 overall and 11-3 in the BIG EAST, while Syracuse falls to 22-5 overall and 10-5 in league play. The win streak is one shy of the longest against BIG EAST teams since a 10-win streak during the 2006-07 season.

It was the second-straight game a Georgetown player scored at least 30 points, as freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill) had 33 points in a 90-66 win over DePaul on Wednesday.

Porter Jr. scored 16 points in the first half as Georgetown trailed 23-21, but scored 17 in the second half en route to his career high night. He hit 12-of-19 shots from the field, including 5-of-10 from three-point land and all four of his free throws, adding eight rebounds and five steals in the process.

Smith-Rivera scored seven points and had four rebounds and two assists, while junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) added five points and four rebounds, junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) chipped in five points and two assists, sophomore guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) added four points, five assists and two rebounds and junior center Moses Ayegba (Kano, Nigeria/Progressive Christian [Md.]) had one point and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes.

The Hoyas trailed at the break (24-23), but a three-pointer from Starks and a layup from Lubick gave Georgetown a 28-24 lead and forced Syracuse to call a time out. A 6-3 run from Syracuse tied the game at 29-all but Georgetown used a 9-2 run and took a 39-31 lead on a Smith-Rivera three-pointer with 11:26 to play in the game.

The Orange would pull to within four points, 41-37, on a dunk from Michael Carter-Williams, but Porter Jr. came to the rescue, hitting a three-pointer in front of the Georgetown bench and a free throw for a four-point play as the lead was back to seven points, 44-37, with 4:52 left. A layup from Trawick made it 47-39 and Starks' layup at 2;31 pushed the lead to 10 points.

Georgeotwn led by as many as 13 points, 57-44, on a free throw from Ayegba with 29 seconds left.

Syracuse used an 8-0 run over the final 2:24 of the second half to take a 23-21 lead into the break, with both teams struggling from the field. Georgetown completed the first half shooting only 23.3 percent (7-of-30), with Syracuse shooting 31.0 percent (9-of-29). An early run from the Orange gave the hosts a 12-4 lead after consecutive three-pointers from Brandon Triche and James Southerland. A jumper from Porter Jr. was Georgetown's third field goal in the opening 9:25 and, after a free throw from Lubick at 10:11, the score was 12-7.

Porter Jr. scored 12 of the next 14 points, with free throws from Smith-Rivera contributing to a 17-3 Hoya run over a span of 7:17 as Georgetown opened up a 21-15 lead on a jumper with 3:18 to play. SU scored the next eight points to take the lead at the break.

Georgetown continues its road swing on Wednesday, Feb. 27, visiting Connecticut. Tipoff at Gampel Pavilion is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN2 and can be heard locally on Sports Talk AM 570.



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