WASHINGTON, D.C. (WYSR-TV) –
The Syracuse men’s basketball team built a ten-point halftime lead, only to see it evaporate in the second half, falling to Georgetown 79-75.
Joe Girard had the hot hand early for SU, scoring 13 points in the first half. The Orange knocked down 17 of 32 shots in the first 20 minutes of action, building a 44-34 lead at the break.
Georgetown answered with a 17-7 to tie the game at 51 with just over 13 minutes to play. From there it was back and forth the rest of the way. With 1:39 left to play, Buddy Boeheim gave SU a 73-72 lead over the Hoyas. Georgetown would score the next five points, pulling away for the four-point win over SU.
Buddy Boeheim paced the Orange attack scoring 17 points. Jesse Edwards and Cole Swider both added 12 points. All five Syracuse starters scored in double-figures for the 4th time this season.
Georgetown freshman Aminu Mohammed scored a game-high 23 points.
SU shot just 44 percent from the field, finishing the game 8 for 26 from behind the arc.
Georgetown won the battle on the boards, outrebounding Syracuse by seven.
The loss drops SU to 5-5 overall (1-0 in the ACC). It’s just the second time in 46 years as head coach of Syracuse that Jim Boeheim’s club has five non-conference losses.
SU returns to action next Saturday at home against Lehigh. The game is at 6 p.m. on the ACC Network.