Georgetown-Syracuse: a rivalry's greatest hits

Monday, January 25, 2010

Syracuse and Georgetown could meet as top 10 teams for the first time since March 4, 1990, when Hoyas-Orange was the top rivalry in college basketball. In fact, of their 10 meetings between the 1986-87 and 1989-90 seasons, Georgetown and Syracuse met as top 10 teams five times (and three more times with one of the teams ranked 11th). A look back at when all eyes were on Hoyas-Orange:

March 8, 1987

No. 7 Georgetown 69, No. 10 Syracuse 59

Reggie Williams had 25 points and nine rebounds, the Hoyas' reserves outscored their Orange counterparts, 28-0, and Georgetown won its fifth Big East tournament title in eight seasons, securing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Feb. 13, 1989

No. 2 Georgetown 61, No. 9 Syracuse 54

The Hoyas won their sixth straight over the Orange. "We got 'em chasing us," said Georgetown's Alonzo Mourning, who had 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.

March 5, 1989

No. 6 Syracuse 82, No. 2 Georgetown 76 (OT)

Playing before 32,683 at the Carrier Dome, an NCAA on-campus attendance record at the time, the Hoyas squandered a 14-point lead. Derrick Coleman had a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds for Syracuse.

March 12, 1989

No. 3 Georgetown 88, No. 5 Syracuse 79

A week later, the Hoyas never trailed and got their revenge in the Big East tournament final. Charles Smith, the tournament MVP, had 16 points and six assists.

March 4, 1990

No. 10 Syracuse 89, No. 7 Georgetown 87 (OT)

Perhaps the wildest game in series history. Georgetown Coach John Thompson received three technical fouls and was ejected in the first half, resulting in a 10-point possession for Syracuse and sending the Carrier Dome crowd into a frenzy. Then, with the Hoyas up 83-81 and time running out, Georgetown forward Sam Jefferson fouled Billy Owens at midcourt before Owens could attempt a desperation heave. Owens converted both halves of the one-and-one with one second left, forcing overtime.

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