Jardine's 17 Points Propel Syracuse At Georgetown, 58-51

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Syracuse 58, Georgetown 51 Final Score: Scoop Jardine's 17 Points Lifts Orange At Hoyas

Senior point guard Scoop Jardine scored 10 of his game-best 17 points in the second half to help the Syracuse Orange (No. 17 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll) earn a 58-51 victory at the No. 11 Georgetown Hoyas in a Big East Conference rivalry game at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. Senior forward Rick Jackson added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Orange (24-6, 11-6 Big East), who earned their fourth straight victory, including two consecutive on the road against Top 15 opponents.

The victory keeps SU in the hunt for a two-round bye in the upcoming 16-team Big East Tournament, March 8-12. The top-four conference teams earn a two-round bye, the next four get a one-round bye, while the rest of the eight teams play first-round games Tuesday, March 8. Currently, the Orange are alone in fifth place, but have the head-to-head tiebreaker against fourth-place St. John's Red Storm, who have three regular-season games remaining.

Syracuse held off a hard charging Georgetown, which trailed 33-23 at halftime and had a chance to tie the game late, but could not convert. With SU leading 54-51 with about 30 seconds remaining, Hoyas' junior guard Jason Clark had his game-tying 3-point attempt deflected by SU's 6-foot-7 junior forward Kris Joseph. Syracuse's sophomore guard Brandon Triche knocked down two free throws to extend the Orange's lead to 56-51 and cemented the victory.

The Hoyas (21-8, 10-7) outscored SU 17-6 to take a 45-43 advantage with 9:55 to go, but Syracuse responded with a 11-1 run, led by Jardine's seven points, to collect a 52-46 lead with 3:58 remaining.

Statically, SU finished 22-of-54 (40.7 percent) from the floor and 6-of-20 (30.0) from behind the 3-point line. Sophomore forward James Southerland scored all nine of his points in the first half. Triche also finished with nine points. Joseph netted just four, but had a key rebound and block late in the game.

Georgetown finished 18-of-52 (34.6) on field goals and 7-of-25 (28.0) from 3-point land. The Hoyas outrebounded SU, 33-31. However, committed 15 turnovers to the Orange's 11. Freeman netted a team-best 16 points, while Clark finished with 11.

The Syracuse basketball schedule features the Orange hosting the last-place DePaul Blue Demons next Saturday (4 p.m.) in their regular season finale.




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Syracuse 33, Georgetown 23 Halftime Score: James Southerland's Nine Point Help Orange Take Lead

Sophomore guard James Southerland has netted nine points off the bench to help the Syracuse Orange (No. 17 in the AP Poll and No. 20 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll) take a 33-23 halftime lead against No. 11 Georgetown Hoyas in a Big East Conference contest at the Verizon Wireless Center in Washington D.C. Georgetown has nine turnovers, while Syracuse has just four.

The Orange (23-6, 10-6 Big East) used a 9-2 run, led by seven points from Southerland, to take a double-digit lead heading into the locker room. Both teams are trying to stay in the hunt for a two-round bye in the upcoming 16-team Big East Tournament, March 8-12. The top-four conference teams earn a two-round bye, the next four get a one-round bye, while the rest of the eight teams play first-round games Tuesday, March 8.

Senior point guard Scoop Jardine has scored seven points and dished out seven assists for SU. Teammate senior forward Rick Jackson also has seven points and four rebounds. Overall, SU is 14-of-32 (43.8 percent) from the floor and 4-of-13 (30.8) from behind the 3-point line.

Senior guard Austin Freeman has a team-best seven points for the Hoyas (21-7,10-6), who scored the game's first basket, but never led after that. Georgetown shot 8-of-23 (34.6) on field goals and just 2-of-12 (16.7) on 3-pointers. The rebound margin is tied at 16.

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Syracuse Vs. Georgetown Preview: Hoyas Aim For Sweep Of Visiting Orange

The Syracuse basketball program (No. 17 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the USA Today/Coaches poll) will try to avoid a two-game season sweep from its Big East Conference rivals, No. 11 Georgetown Hoyas, Saturday at the Carrier Dome (noon on CBS). Both teams, which are each tied for sixth place in the conference standings, are trying to earn a two-round bye in the upcoming 16-team Big East Tournament, March 8-12. The top-four teams in the league earn two-round byes, the next four earn just a one-round bye, while the other eight teams play first-round contest on Tuesday, March 8.

The Orange (23-6, 10-6 Big East) are on a three-game winning streak, their latest coming Monday at the No. 15/14 Villanova Wildcats, 69-64. A victory Saturday would place SU just a half-game behind fourth-place St. John's Red Storm and Louisville Cardinals, who each have three regular season games remaining. Syracuse, which owns the head-to-head tiebreaker against St. John's, concludes its regular season at home next Saturday against the conference's last-place team, the DePaul Blue Demons.

Junior forward Kris Joseph continues to lead the Orange in scoring with 14.7 points per game, but lately it has been sophomore guard Brandon Triche, averaging 17.4 ppg in the past four contests, leading the charge. Jackson, the Big East leader in rebounds per game, blocks per game and field goal percentage, is the team's second-best scorer.


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2010 - Rick Jackson 29 35.3 5.6 9.4 58.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 3.9 51.8 3.7 7.3 11.0 2.3 2.0 1.2 2.5 2.1 13.1

Senior point guard Scoop Jardine, who has been SU's least consistent presence this season, has played well in the last two SU victories. Against Rutgers, Feb. 19, No. 11 tallied nine points, six assists, five steals and five rebounds in a 84-80 overtime victory. On Monday night, Jardine paced the Orange with 20 points, his sixth 20-point performance of the year.

Just over two weeks ago, the Hoyas (21-7, 10-6) defeated the Orange, 64-56, at the Carrier Dome. During that time, Georgetown had won seven consecutive Big East games -- the streak ended at eight -- and was climbing to the top of the conference standings. Since then, the Hoyas have dropped two of their last three league contests and are now reeling after senior guard Chris Wright broke his hand Wednesday night in a 58-46 loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats.


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2010 - Chris Wright 28 32.8 4.2 10.0 42.3 1.5 4.3 35.0 3.2 4.1 78.9 0.3 2.6 2.9 5.4 2.9 1.5 0.1 1.9 13.1

Wright, who was the team's second-best scorer, is expected to miss the Big East Tournament and could return for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. In the meantime, Big East Preseason Player Of The Year, senior guard Austin Freeman, will need to carry Georgetown. Freeman currently is the Hoyas leading scorer (17.8 ppg) and biggest 3-point shooting threat (40.6 percent). Senior forward Julian Vaughn (8.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 2.9 bpg) leads Georgetown's inside attack.

As a team, the Hoyas first in the conference in field goal percentage (48.9) and third-best from 3-point land (37.4).




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