Orange stopped by Georgetown, Marquette

SU faces crossroads heading into March

The Hoyas were relentless in the second half, as they may have borrowed a page or two from the hosts' playbook on how to effectively implement a 2/3 zone.

SU continued to miss shots regularly, while Porter's clutch shooting, combined with a tremendous defense and SU's major scoring drought, culminated in the home team's loss.

As a result the Orange fell into a tie for second place in the Big East with Marquette - which only lasted until Monday night, when the Orange went to Milwaukee to face the Golden Eagles.

With no time to feel sorry for itself, SU ran into the Golden Eagles' Devonte Gardner, who became Georgetown's version of Otto Porter.

Garener nearly matched Porter, scoring a career-high 26 points on a perfect seven-for-seven shooting, as Marquette handed No.12 Syracuse a 74-71 loss at the Bradley Center.

No matter how many different defensive strategies SU attempted to stop the 6-foot-8, 290-pound Gardner, it was too no avail. Amazingly, he had only played only 11 minutes in Marquette's 60-56 loss at Villanova on Saturday, head coach Buzz Williams saying that the reason why he benched the junior center was because “he played really bad.”

“I know that I did not play well against Villanova,” said Gardner.“I did not have good game, so I decided to play my best against Syracuse and try and get my team a win.”

He did just that, playing the exact opposite against the Orange burying most of his shots from close range. Gardner also converted 12 of 13 free throws in 33 minutes and that allowed the Golden Eagles to boost their record to 20-7 (11-4 Big East) and move into second place, a half-game behind Georgetown. Fair had 20 points for Syracuse (22-6, 10-5), who have now lost three of five and dropped into a tie for fourth place in the Big East with Notre Dame. Southerland added 15 points including four attempts at a 3 pointer which was finally executed in the last minute of the contest.Carter-Williams contributed 14 points and eight assists.

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