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SU rallies past Georgetown, gets 20th win

And the magic continues for the Syracuse University men's basketball team, who found a new way to get the work done -- namely, spotting an opponent 14 points.

In the Carrier Dome Monday evening, SU overcame that early 14-0 deficit, by outscoring Georgetown 34-15 for the rest of the half, then going on to conquer the Hoyas 73-56 in front of a roaring crowd of 26,508.

The Orange (20-1, 7-1) defeated the Hoyas (15-4, 6-3) in their last six out of seven meetings, and it's the 32nd time in Jim Boeheim's 34-year coaching tenure that the Orange has won at least 20 games.

"We recovered from the worst start we've ever had," Boeheim said.

Syracuse featured a strong defensive effort that greatly helped to erase Georgetown's lead, which the Hoyas carried for most of the first half. The Orange forced nine turnovers that set the stage for the comeback.

Georgetown blitzed SU with that 14-0 start in the game's first five minutes. It was, by far, the worst start for the Orange this season as Austin Freeman buried three 3-pointers and scored 11 of the Hoyas' first 18 points.

SU, however, would grind its way back into the contest. Scoop Jardine energized the dormant offense scoring his team's first six points. Andy Rautins was active in the 2/3 zone, with three steals in succession, which led to fast break baskets by Kris Joseph and narrowed the gap to 18-12.

Jardine added four points on driving lay-ups, while Joseph later hit a one-handed jump shot in the lane. All the while, Rautins fueling the offense with unselfish and terrific passing, and now it was just a two-point deficit, 20-18.

As uninspiring and sluggish as it was for SU early on, it was equally impressive when it closed the half on an 11-0 run.

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