Rivalry rally- Syracuse comes back from 13 down to beat Georgetown in overtime
Who says the rivalry isn't what it used to be?
In its first true road game of the season, Syracuse erased a 13-point deficit to force overtime and eventually defeat Georgetown 86-79 in front of 15,418 fans at Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
For Georgetown, this game represents a chance to beat a team from a power league like the ACC, in other words it's a major event and they played like it early.
After forging a 28-24 halftime lead, Georgetown pushed its lead to 10 just minutes into the second half.
The lead ballooned to 13 with ten minutes to go in the game.
That's when Syracuse stormed back.
Freshman Oshae Brissett scored 24 of his 25 points in the second half and hit two key three points to help vault the Orange back.
Once the deficit was dashed in half, the Orange relied on its "upper" classmen.
Sophomore Tyus Battle hit three pointers that cut the deficit to 5 points and then two.
Georgetown tried stretching it to a two-posession game with more than a minute to go when junior Frank Howard stole the ball from Hoyas star Jessie Govan and dashed in for the game-tying layup.
Syracuse had the ball on the final posession of regulation, but three shot attempts couldn't fall, sending the game to overtime tied at 69.
There was legitimate concern, yes Syracuse had all the momentum but it faced serious foul trouble heading into overtime with Howard, Bourama Sidibe, Paschal Chukwu, and Marek Dolezaj all recording 4 fouls.
It didn't matter.
Chukwu did foul out, but Battle hit two clutch three pointers and the Orange pulled away for the seven point win.
With the win, Syracuse is now 9-1 on the year with just three more non-conference games remaining. A pair of New York State teams visit this week in Buffalo (Tuesday) and St. Bonaventure (Friday).