Thursday, February 18, 2010
Halftime: Syracuse 44, Georgetown 31
By Dana O'Neil
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Syracuse clearly isn't interested in yet another tight game. The Orange have blown the doors off Georgetown in the first half, putting up more points (44) in the first 20 minutes than anyone has this season against the usually stingy Hoya defense.
Syracuse is shooting a blistering 54 percent from the floor and has been impressive in mixing up the way it's getting its buckets. It's been a 20-minute reminder of just why this team is good enough to win a national championship. Andy Rautins -- all but shut down by Louisville -- got things rolling with 10 quick points, but when Georgetown started concentrating on the arc, the Orange dished inside to Rick Jackson or Wes Johnson drove to the hoop.
Georgetown, on the other hand, looks completely vexed by the Syracuse zone. The Hoyas have taken 10 free throws but Greg Monroe is responsible for all but two of them. That's because Georgetown has been taking low percentage shots and barely challenging the Orange inside. The Hoyas have only four points in the paint to 14 for Syracuse. Monroe has taken just one field goal. Mix in Austin Freeman's rough start (2-of-9) and it doesn't bode well for the Hoyas.
I'm curious to see if Syracuse, which has squandered big leads before, keeps its foot on the gas pedal in the second half or if Georgetown, which has been a second-half team all season (averaging 40 points in the second half to 33 in the first), will make this interesting.