"We missed some opportunities in the second the half," said SU head coach Jim Boeheim. "We got around the basket, but we did not do anything on offense. We have to make some shots. Soon or later, that catches up to you."
It was C.J. Fair's career-best performance, scoring 12 points while teammate Brandon Triche added 11 points, most of in the first 20 minutes. The offense was dormant in both halves, but especially at the end. Fair scored Syracuse's only field goal in the concluding seven minutes.
Georgetown is second in the nation in shooting at 50 percent and the Hoyas used the 3-point shot to assault the Orange in the first half. Five players scored six out of 12 shots beyond the arc , but struggled to penetrate the zone.
After a 3 from the top of the key from Wright gave Georgetown a 16-10 lead, SU bounced back with a 13-2 run. In it, Triche got behind the defenders and knocked down a 3-pointer and Fair was an integral force driving into the lane and scoring from close range.
During a time-out, Waiters was lectured by Boheim for a of coverage and defensive breakdowns. To some extent, Waiters atoned with a beautiful left-handed drive to the basket that gave SU a 31-29 lead at the break.
In the second half, the crowd erupted with excitement as SU built a six-point lead, but it quickly vanished. Georegtown converted three straight Orange turnovers into baskets and pulled ahead 39-37 with 15:05 remaining.
Then Jackson was called for a controversial foul in trying to steal the ball and had to leave the game with four fouls at the 11:30 mark. For a while, SU overcame Jackson's absence as Bye Moussa Keita and Fair combined to bail out the Orange and even the score at 46-46.