On an afternoon when Syracuse was celebrating all that is right with the school, their hated rival Georgetown threw water on the party. The school’s 38 game home winning streak has been snapped which was the longest in the country. The Orange could have used the eligibility of Carmelo Anthony as they put up only 46 in a 57-46 loss to the Hoyas. Otto Porter scored 33 points which was nine more then the rest of his team combined. The Orange have a lot to fix and not a lot of time to do it as they take on Marquette Monday on the road.
The season long issues reared their ugly head once again as the team shot a woeful 34% from the field. They were led by C.J. Fair and James Southerland who had 13 points each. Brandon Triche added 10 while heralded point guard Michael Carter-Williams scored seven. When the Hoyas went to a zone, Syracuse shot up a ton of threes and none of them went in. The team made four overall out of 20 attempts which won’t do it against a top notch Hoyas team.
The rebounding numbers were close with Georgetown winning by one 31-30 while claiming two more offensive rebounds in the process. The center position produced just two points and 10 rebounds overall. They took a combined four shots making one which cannot work for Syracuse to do anything. DaJuan Coleman is due back soon, but he’s no guarantee to add a ton of offense either.
Trevor Cooney and Jerami Grant combined to miss three shots and score one point. You can see the depth this team showed in their earlier games has disappeared completely as Jim Boeheim has seemingly lost confidence in the guys outside of his core. Carter-Williams played small in this one going two-of-six from the field adding four rebounds and five assists. He is not playing like an NBA lottery pick at all.
Finally, we’ve got to mention the zone which in past years has been able to adjust to hot players and cool them off. Clearly, they were unable to do that with Porter who made 12-19 shots from the field with five three pointers. Porter added nine rebounds and was the best player on the court. All the credit in the world to Georgetown who was prepared for the zone and overcame a slow start.
Things don’t get easier with Marquette next. Syracuse still has Louisville and these same Hoyas once again in the regular season. They are not inspiring much confidence in the fan base that they will be around long in March.