The Syracuse and Georgetown rivalry completed another classic chapter on Wednesday night with the # 2 Orange pulling off a 64-61 overtime win over the 12th ranked Hoyas. Kris Joseph led the Orange with a career high six three-pointers for 29 points. The most important three for Joseph was SU's go-ahead three in the final minute of overtime, something SU Head Coach Jim Boeheim might have expected out of him tonight.
"Well, yesterday was the first day that I can remember in a long time that he made some shots in practice," said Boeheim after the game, "so I was hoping that would be a good sign. He started out, he missed a couple, then he hit a couple and got his rhythm going."
"I kept shooting. I felt like I was in rhythm," says Joseph, "in the past couple of games, I haven't been making them. My mechanics were good, but they just weren't falling. My staff and teammates kept telling me to shoot the ball."
Boeheim passed Dean Smith with the win and moved into third place all-time in Division I for career victories. However, after the game Boeheim was more concerned about his teams effort on the boards over any milestone, the Orange having been out-rebounded 52-35.
"W e've got to find a way to rebound the ball better ," said Boeheim, "s ome of them are long bounces but we just have to do a better job rebounding the basketball. There is just no excuse the way we are rebounding right now. It's a team effort; it's everybody, it's not one guy. "
"When you have a team coming in like Connecticut which feeds off of rebounds, we must do better," agreed SU guard Scoop Jardine, "we have a lot of athletic guys who can be better on the boards. So I know tomorrow in practice and from here on out, we are going to try to be better with our rebounding."
Otto Porter scored the first four points of overtime t o give Georgetown 61-59 lead with 2:19 left. But after Dion Waiters tied the game with free throws at the other end, Porter turned over the ball allowing Scoop Jardine to feed Joseph for the big three-pointer with 29 seconds left. Jardine then sealed it at the other end by forcing Jason Clarkto turn it over with 4.9 seconds to go.
Syracuse improved to 24-1 on the season, a perfect 16-0 at the Carrier Dome this year. Rivalry week continues against Uconn this Saturday at 1 PM at the Carrier Dome.