The GLORIOUS Morning After: Georgetown Hoyas vs. Syracuse Orange

Mitchell Layton

What the professionals are saying about the Hoyas.

First, an apology. I argued against students storming the court many times on this blog. I said that fans of a top five team should never step onto the court, and that if students wanted to have "fun" that they should instead close down 7th Street or go to the White House. I was wrong. Somewhere in my washed-up alum ivory tower, I equated storming the court to a reward for fans and concerned myself of the outside perception of the feat typically reserved for mediocre teams begging for attention. I completely forgot what it means for the players. Otto Porter, Markel Starks, DSR, John Caprio, ANYONE wearing a Georgetown jersey yesterday deserved to celebrate that victory with the gratitude and adoration of their fellow students. They deserved the hugs, high-fives, awkward jump-dancing, whatever. They deserved to know that what they have accomplished this season will not be forgotten. The season has been special and I am glad the players were able to celebrate the end of the regular season, the end of a rivalry, the end of a conference in a special way. And to the students, you deserved it as well. You all killed it yesterday. The atmosphere was incredible. Thank you for ending your Spring Break early to line up outside the Verizon Center 12 hours before a basketball game. Thank you for showing up hours before the game to waive, yell, scream for 60 minutes of pre-noon television. Just an incredible experience. HOYA F'IN SAXA.

/Time for a Bloody Mary.

Poliquin: Syracuse-vs.-Georgetown ends not with a clashing of cymbals, but with a splat | syracuse.com
Imagine the sound of a massive egg rolling off a kitchen counter top and falling to the floor and you’ve got Saturday’s 61-39 disaster down here in our blue-skied nation’s capital.

Savoring Its Parting Shots, Georgetown Pummels Syracuse - NYTimes.com
"We weren’t honestly concerned about Porter," Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim said. "I just assumed he’d get 30. We just didn’t do a good job defensively on their guards. We know they can shoot. We did not do a good job with them. I thought offensively they were more physical than we were, and we did not have good patience."

Georgetown vs. Syracuse: A fitting end to the rivalry for John Thompson III - The Washington Post
Winning a conference regular season title isn’t something new for Georgetown Coach John Thompson III. In fact, during 13 seasons as a head coach, Thompson has accomplished the feat six times. It’s what he does.

Syracuse men's basketball loses to Georgetown, what they're saying | syracuse.com
One man uttered a quote that won't soon be forgotten. The other man created a stir by saying he was ready for some golf.

Georgetown routs Syracuse in the rivalry's regular-season finale | syracuse.com
The Georgetown Hoyas will put the film of this game into a time capsule and bury it for posterity. Syracuse fans will simply want to bury it.

'Sad time' as Syracuse loses big to Georgetown - College Basketball - Rivals.com
Not with the Orange’s worst offensive output since they help start the league 34 years ago, not to mention the worst since Boeheim became Syracuse’s coach 37 years and 913 wins ago. The No. 17 Orange lost 61-39 to the No. 5 Hoyas on Saturday, closing another door on a rivalry that helped define an era. The loss, as bad as it was, was secondary to the feelings felt by the two men who got it kick-started all those years ago—Boeheim and former Georgetown coach John Thompson. "John and I were talking before and after the game," Boeheim said. "It’s a sad, sad time."

Georgetown routs rival Syracuse | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors
With the outcome of the game all but final, Georgetown fans chanted "A-C-C" and sang "Na na na na hey hey good bye" at Syracuse, who is leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference at the end of the season. ‘Good riddance’ seemed to be the theme of the day, with former players in attendance reminiscing about big rivalry wins as well as Georgetown students waving an enormous banner that read, ‘Our hatred is eternal.’

Recap: Georgetown vs. Syracuse | Mens Basketball | Bradenton Herald
"It is really special, on many different levels. It's special because the Big East as we have known it, is ending. We won the first game, and we won the last one," Hoyas coach John Thompson III said.

Thompson family and their Georgetown Hoyas send Syracuse packing -- men's college basketball - ESPN
While his son did the rounds of one-on-one interviews in the hallway, answering each question with thought if not bluster, his dad held court in the press room. He said everything his son would not or could not. He called the football schools that caused the fracture of the Big East "pimps," saying "They came in and used us and left us. Who does that? A pimp," and sent out the line that Georgetown fans had been waiting for. "We officially closed Syracuse," he said, paraphrasing his classic line that started this bitter rivalry, "and now we kiss them goodbye."

No. 5 Georgetown vs. No. 17 Syracuse final score: Hoyas rout Orange, 61-39 - SBNation.com
Three of Starks' long-range jumpers came in the second half, and the last of the daggers gave Georgetown a 16-point lead with less than 10 minutes left in the game, effectively sealing the victory for the Hoyas in front of their home crowd on Senior Day.

John Thompson Jr. At Son’s Press Conference: "Kiss Syracuse Goodbye" | College Spun – Social. Local. Consumable. College Sports.
At John Thompson III’s press conference after the game, Thompson Jr. interrupted to say "and you can kiss Syracuse goodbye". He’s still as fiery as ever.

Syracuse basketball vs Georgetown: Brent Axe recap | syracuse.com
Georgetown is a team that wants to drag an opponent down in the mud pit and not let them out. Their game is anything but pretty, but it is effective. Syracuse has plenty of "mud" on their jerseys as the Hoyas played a suffocating, in-your-face defense that Syracuse never responded to.

John Thompson Jr., Patrick Ewing question why the Big East let football call the shots - College Basketball News | FOX Sports on MSN
"You hate to see it happen," former Hoyas coach John Thompson Jr. told FOXSports.com as he watched his son’s team cut down the nets at Verizon Center. "I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that it had to happen. We were tied together at the hip. We took a chance, just as they did. What they did was let football pimp us."

Georgetown vs. Syracuse - Postgame Quotes - Georgetown University Official Athletic Site
On his nerves pre-game... "Last night for the first time this year, I slept well. We were prepared. Our guys understood what it meant, and we came to play."

Hoya Prospectus: Game stats: Georgetown 61, Syracuse 39
Fast break pts (% FG pts): GEORGETOWN 6 (11.8), Syracuse 6 (19.4) Pts (eff.) after steal: GEORGETOWN 10 (111.1), Syracuse 5 (125.0) Seconds per poss: GEORGETOWN 24.0, Syracuse 19.4

Jim Boeheim’s postgame comments fuel retirement speculation | CollegeBasketballTalk
And after his team lost to Georgetown 61-39 on Saturday afternoon, the final installment of the Big East’s most intense rivalry, Boeheim certainly didn’t sound like a coach excited about leading the program that he helped build into the ACC. "I’m pretty much ready to go play golf someplace," he said. "If I was 40 years old, I would be real upset. I’m not 40 years old. That should be obvious."

Syracuse Orange vs. Georgetown Hoyas - Recap - March 09, 2013 - ESPN
"I don't want anything to get clouded: It's not over. We hope to go up to New York and play well and win that. And then we hope to play well and win the NCAA tournament," Thompson III said. "I'm not saying we've accomplished our goals, by any stretch of the imagination."

Rushed Reactions: #5 Georgetown 61, #17 Syracuse 39Rush The Court | Rush The Court
The win undoubtedly propelled Hoyas’ fans into a state of mass euphoria, perhaps unlike anything they’ve ever felt after a regular season win. They not only secured a share of the Big East title but completed an epic season sweep of their hated rival, giving them a swift kick in the butt as they head out the Big East door to the ACC. This storied rivalry began in earnest 35 years ago when John Thompson, Jr. famously declared that "Manley Fieldhouse is officially closed," after snapping Syracuse’s 57-game home winning streak in their last contest before moving to the Carrier Dome. Today, Thompson, Jr., bookended that moment after the game, offering one final quip from the back of his son’s press conference: "Kiss Syracuse goodbye."

Otto Porter dominates Syracuse again, just not in the scoring column | CollegeBasketballTalk
As good as Porter has been this season, as dominant as he was the last time these two teams tangled, the Hoyas are more than just a one-man show. It starts on the defensive end of the floor, where the Hoyas were able to seamlessly switch between a 2-3 zone and a stifling man-to-man against the Orange, holding them to 32.6% shooting and forcing 14 turnovers.

Georgetown 61 - Syracuse 39: Let Us Never Speak Of It Again - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Apparently there was a basketball game today. I'm not aware of it. Apparently, neither were the Syracuse Orange.


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