Orange fizzle versus Hoyas

March, 9, 2013
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The Georgetown defense put the clamps on Syracuse in their final Big East meeting.

In their final matchup as Big East rivals, Georgetown dominated Syracuse 61-39, sending the Orange offense to depths it hasn't seen since Jim Boeheim became head coach.

Orange fizzle in record book

The 39 points the Orange scored Saturday represent the lowest output under Boeheim by a whopping six points, and the pain didn't stop there for Syracuse.

The last time Syracuse scored fewer points in a game came with John F. Kennedy in the White House. That, at least, was a victory for the Orange, 36-35 over Kent State on Dec. 1, 1962.

The last Syracuse loss that featured fewer points came back on Dec. 11, 1950, a 43-36 setback against Duquesne.

Shoddy shooting

Michael Carter-Williams did what he could to help the Orange offense Saturday, shooting 8-of-13 from the field and scoring 17 points.

The eight field goals are a season high for Carter-Williams, but that was end of the good news for Syracuse. The rest of the team combined to make just seven baskets and shoot 20.6 percent from the floor (7-of-34) and 1-of-10 from 3-point range.

Carter-Williams scored or assisted on 22 of his team's 39 points (56.4 percent), and that's been a positive sign for Syracuse in the past. This marks the first time this season the Orange have lost when he accounted for more than 45 percent of their scoring.

Ball movement didn't help the Orange. Syracuse recorded an assist on only four of its 15 field goals Saturday (26.7 percent), the team's lowest rate on the season. Entering the game, Syracuse had assisted on 56.3 percent of its field goals.

Bad matchup?

The numbers suggest that the Hoyas have solved the Syracuse offense. Georgetown has held the Orange to 32.9 percent shooting this season, with Syracuse shooting 44.5 percent against all other opponents.

Georgetown's interior defense has been especially good, limiting Syracuse to 20 points in the paint and three second-chance points Saturday.

Georgetown has held Syracuse to a combined eight second-chance points in two games this season and to its two lowest single-game totals this season.

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