Georgetown 69

(15-14, 6-10 Big East)

(11) Syracuse 74

(24-4, 13-3 Big East)

    7:00 PM ET, March 13, 2003

    Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

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    GTWN 41 2869
    #11SYR 39 3574

    Sweetney's 29 points not enough for Georgetown

    Quarterfinal Results
    Pittsburgh 67, Providence 59
    Boston College 82, St. John's 75
    UConn 83, Seton Hall 70

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Syracuse freshman Gerry McNamara had missed just five free throws all season. So when he blew a pair in the second half against Georgetown in the Big East tournament Thursday night, it was a little scary for the Orangemen, who have had their foul shooting woes over the years.

    Kueth Duany

    Kueth Duany, left, and Hakim Warrick celebrate Syracuse's win in the final seconds.

    There were other misses as well. Carmelo Anthony and Hakim Warrick let three-point play opportunities slip away from the foul line and with Georgetown's Mike Sweetney dominating the backboards and scoring almost at will, it seemed the Hoyas might spring an upset.

    Then Anthony, Billy Edelin and McNamara made six straight free throws down the stretch and the No. 11 Orangemen held off the Hoyas 74-69.

    The victory moved the Syracuse (24-4) into Friday night's semifinals against Connecticut, which defeated Seton Hall 83-70 in the final game of the day.

    "Down the stretch, we made big plays,'' coach Jim Boeheim said. "It was just the way we played all year long, nothing new. Pretty typical of our season.''

    Georgetown scored 41 points in the first half, a day after managing just 46 in the entire game against Villanova. The Hoyas led 41-39 at the half but were shut down in the second half by a persistent Syracuse defense.

    In a seesaw second half, Syracuse nudged ahead by three before Brandon Bowman scored seven straight points for the Hoyas. Georgetown was still ahead by a point thanks to Syracuse's foul line problems, highlighted by McNamara's misses.

    "It was a shocker when Gerry missed those free throws,'' Boeheim said. Two of the freshman guard's other misses also came against the Hoyas earlier in the season. "He's shooting about 100 percent against everybody else.''

    The misses kept it close. But Syracuse found its foul line shooting eye just in time to secure the victory.

    Anthony's two free throws gave Syracuse a 64-63 lead and Edelin's pair made it 68-65. The Hoyas were still just one point back when Kueth Duany hit a foul shot and then made a steal that resulted in two more free throws by McNamara -- his only points of the second half.

    "I just think we've got players that step up at key times during the game,'' Duany said. "Carmelo, Gerry and Billy make plays when we need it.''

    Anthony led Syracuse with 21 points while Duany added 16 and Warrick 14. Sweetney had 29 points and 13 rebounds for Georgetown and Brandon Bowman scored 18.

    "Kueth was tremendous tonight,'' Boeheim said. "He stuck a couple of jumpers. I thought he was really key in the first half, keeping us in there.''

    It was Syracuse's third victory this season against Georgetown.

    "I'm sick of playing them,'' Hoyas coach Craig Esherick said.

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