The Orange pounded the ball down-low to forwards Arinze Onuaku and Rick Jackson, who both wore down Hoyas center Greg Monroe. Onuaku, with six points, and Jackson, with five points, helped SU seize a 34-29 halftime lead.
"To go into halftime with the lead was really unbelievable the way we started the game," Boeheim said. "It looked like one those games that it would take us the whole game to get back. To dominate a top-10 team in the country after giving them 14 points is quite an effort."
SU then took complete control in the first eight minutes of the second half, staggering Georgetown with fast breaks and outscoring them 18-8.
At the same time, the 2-3 zone defense shut down Monroe and Freeman, also out-rebounding Georgetown and reducing second-chance scoring opportunities. The Orange forced the Hoyas into 36 percent shooting from the floor, including a three-for-11 effort from the 3-point arc and causing 19 turnovers.
Syracuse finished the contest with eight blocked shots, two of them highlight-reel efforts from Wesley Johnson. One block was on a frustrated Monroe, who fouled out of the game at the 5:30 mark.
Rautins, who didn't have a point in the Orange's win over Marquette Jan. 23, rebounded by scoring 15 points and hitting nine of 10 free throws while doling out six assists. Joseph matched Rautins adding 15 points on five-for-seven shooting. Johnson chipped in with 14 points and ripped down nine rebounds.