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Georgetown vs. Syracuse: Hoyas win seventh in a row, John Thompson III gets first victory at Carrier Dome
"This is Georgetown-Syracuse," he said. "This is big for this conference. This is big to me. This is big to our school. So did I know that I hadn't won in this building, absolutely?"

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"That's one of the most talked-about moments in this conference. This is my seventh year in the Big East and this is my first win up here," Thompson said. "I've been thinking the last couple of years, some kind of way the man upstairs is going to say, 'OK, you closed down Manley, but they're your ancestors. No one in your lineage is going to win at the new place.' Me and the man upstairs, I'm glad he lifted whatever he sprinkled over the top of us."

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"We did a good job at the end of getting the rebounds we needed to get," Thompson said. "We had a few timeouts where all we talked about — if you can call it talking — was, 'That's the game. That is the game.' We're causing them to miss. Are we going to get the rebound or not? Do we want to win or not?"

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Perhaps the most important development in the game came in the second half, thanks to the smart and physical play of Julian Vaughn.  The big man kept Syracuse standout center Rick Jackson at bay, sending him to the bench early in the half with his fourth foul.

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Vaughn isn’t Jared Sullinger by any stretch of the imagination. But his low post game has developed enough that he is now a fairly reliable scoring option when he gets the ball on the block, especially when he is being defended one-on-one. And when there are shooters like Freeman, Wright, Clark, and Thompson on the floor with him, Vaughn is going to get plenty of one-on-one scoring opportunities.

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But the Hoyas poked and prodded, found ways into and behind Syracuse's 2-3 zone, stayed focused, got big buckets at key moments, avoided late turnovers when Syracuse had to turn up the pressure, and locked in defensively in the final moments when it mattered most. No, Big East road wins don't get much more impressive than that

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When you get the ball to the high post with a capable offensive player, good things are going to happen. This play epitomized that and sent Georgetown on its way to a big win during rivalry week.

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Coming into the game, Georgetown was the best shooting team in the Big East at 50.3 percent from the field. And with an experienced core of seniors and juniors, it was only a matter of time before the Hoyas made a run. When they did, Syracuse crumbled.

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Syracuse scored just one point in the game’s final four minutes. The Orange didn’t make a field goal in the game’s last six minutes.

Hoyas knock off Orange, win 7th straight
It was the third straight home loss for Syracuse (20-5, 7-5), only the third time that's happened in coach Jim Boeheim's 35 years.

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Georgetown hit some shot, especially making three-pointers when they had to. But it was the disappearance of the Syracuse offense at critical times that did it in. Patience. Quite frankly, the Orange lack patience at critical moments. And a lot of it comes back to Scoop Jardine.

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It wasn’t a "W" and they'll hear a lot of chirping from Hoya fans, but Orange nation wont be committing mass suicide after this one.

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"The refs really took me out of my game," Jackson said. "After you've been sitting out and you come back in, you don't want to foul, so you play a little timid. In a game like this, a rivalry like this, you'd think the refs would let you play your game. They blew the whistle a lot. What can you do?"

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There were calls on both sides, which is why I don't think it helped Georgetown win, but it was frustrating to see Rick Jackson's first true foul-trouble situation of the season come in the form of some on the fringe offensive foul calls.

Georgetown uses late run to top Syracuse | The Juice Online
"I thought we made a couple bad mistakes and we missed some shots that you’ve got to make, particularly when we had the lead," Boeheim said in his post game press conference. "We just didn’t make the plays that we had to make there at the end."