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Final: Syracuse 75, Georgetown 71

Andy Rautins led Syracuse with 26 points against Georgetown. AP Photo/Nick Wass

WASHINGTON D.C. - Still wondering what hit me after watching Syracuse nearly blew what I figured was a walkover here at the Verizon Center. Georgetown fought and clawed as close as a team down by three touchdowns can and still make it interesting, but couldn't push the Orange to extinction.

More to come later, but here are a few things I do know for sure after this game:

  • The 'character' issues that plagued Georgetown are definitely a thing of the past. Teams without character don't crawl out of a subterranean basement against a top-5 team.

  • As good as Syracuse is, the chink in the armor right now is that the Orange don't seem to know how to put teams away. They struggled with it against Marquette, Connecticut, Louisville and desperately in this game. Come tournament time, Syracuse could find itself in hot water if it doesn't solve that problem.

  • Wes Johnson needs to start taking over more games. With Arinze Onuaku on the bench, followed in short order by Rick Jackson, I kept waiting for Johnson to demand the ball and determine the outcome. It never happened. He had just two points in the second half.

  • And last, the Big East Tournament will be must-watch TV for any and all hoop heads. But I'm guessing you already knew that.