Carmelo Anthony may not have even been enough to get Syracuse past Georgetown this afternoon, as Otto Porter and the Hoyas defeated the Orange in double-digit fashion.
A shaky first 10 minutes to the game would prove to be irrelevant, as the Hoyas matched their first-half scoring by the 10-minute mark of the second half. Porter scored just 13 fewer points (33) than the entire Syracuse team (46), and also recorded eight rebounds and five steals. Although the Hoyas did score 24 points off other players, it was Porter’s show all day, with no other player scored more than seven points.
Georgetown’s second-half dominance was largely due to Syracuse’s shooting woes, as the Orange hit just 17-50 from the field (34%). Syracuse also turned the ball over 16 times, which never bodes well when you’re trying to beat a Top-15 team in the nation. However, Syracuse didn’t entirely hand Georgetown this win. The second half was all about the Hoyas finding better scoring chances and driving the ball to the basket. They did score 15 points off of shots from three-point range, however, they also managed to score 21 points from inside the arc which matched their total scoring from the first half.
The Hoyas spoiled a historic day in Syracuse history, as the Carrier Dome hosted the largest crowd in NCAA history, a record Syracuse had already set back in 2010. Former Syracuse star Anthony’s jersey was also retired at halftime, but sometimes destiny chooses not to side with history.