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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Georgetown 91, Syracuse 84

By Dana O'Neil

Syracuse Dejection
Syracuse now must wait to see if its loss to Georgetown costs the Orange a No. 1 seed.
NEW YORK -- In the span of one game, Georgetown reminded everyone why it can be a serious player in the NCAA tournament and Syracuse faced its first taste of vulnerability.

In an incredibly high-energy quarterfinal game, the Hoyas played smart, focused and forceful, pushing the tempo on Syracuse and upsetting the Orange's rhythm in a stunning early dismissal of one of the best teams in the country.

Frustratingly unpredictable all season, the Hoyas put on display that when they are good, they can be very, very good.

But the biggest play of the game won't show up on the stat sheet. Arinze Onuaku and Greg Monroe collided when Monroe went up for a shot and Onuaku crumbled to the ground, clutching his right knee. For a Syracuse team that has played so well together since the start of the season, it's not just a big loss on the court, it's a potentially huge mental blow.