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Georgetown vs. Syracuse: Hoyas win seventh in a row, John Thompson III gets first victory at Carrier Dome
Said Thompson: "We did a good job at the end of getting the rebounds we needed to get. We had a few timeouts where all we talked about - if you can call it talking - was, 'That's the game. That is the game.' We're causing them to miss. Are we going to get the rebound or not? Do we want to win or not?"
Thompson also singled out Wright for praise afterward. The point guard's assist total established a career high in conference play and his hustle in the final moments outweighed his 2-for-8 shooting performance.
Wright blocked a layup attempt by Jackson with under two minutes left and later came up with one of the game's most important rebounds. After he missed a three point attempt with 59 seconds to play and the Hoyas clinging to a 61-56 lead, he out-ran Scoop Jardine into the back court to track down the loose ball.
"I was upset that I missed the three," Wright said. "I just ran the ball the down."
It's doggedness and determination such as that that will be remembered years from now when the three seniors talk about getting the big win.
"It's a big honor to be a part of the team that got [Thompson's] first win," Vaughn said. But before the center could finish his thought, Thompson jumped in with a correction.
"Here," he interjected. "Let's not get carried away."
Thompson and his players were all smiles after filling a void on their otherwise distinguished resumes. But when asked how personally he had taken the drought, Thompson turned serious again.
"This is Georgetown-Syracuse," he said. "This is big for this conference. This is big to me. This is big to our school. So did I know that I hadn't won in this building, absolutely?"