SYRACUSE, NY – Buddy Boeheim scored 21 points and Syracuse held back rival Georgetown for a 74-69 win on Saturday night.
The Orange (7-2) have won four of their last five games and recovered from a 63:60 home loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Georgetown (3-8) has lost five times in a row.
Joe Girard had 18 points, eight best assists of the season and two steals for Syracuse.
Montreal native Quincy Guerrier added 12 points and nine rebounds to the win. Marek Dolezaj had 11 points and nine rebounds. Boeheim and Girard each had three of the orange's nine 3-pointers.
Jamorko Pickett scored 17 points and had nine rebounds for Georgetown. Jahvon Blair had 16 points and a career height of 10 assists. Donald Carey added 10 points.
Georgetown reduced a 16-point deficit to 68-65 in Jamari Sibley's catch-up race early in the second half. But Alan Griffin responded with an alley-oop dunk and Girard hit a jumper near the top of the arch for a 72-65 lead with 1:15 remaining. The Hoyas have made four of their twelve turnovers in the last four minutes.
It was the 96th meeting in the series from 1930. The Orange led 52-44 and avenged their 89-79 defeat last season at Georgetown.
Georgetown: The Hoyas return to Big East and play DePaul on Wednesday.
Syracuse: The Orange plays in North Carolina in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup on Tuesday.
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