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The Morning After: Georgetown Hoyas vs. Syracuse Orange

What the professionals are saying about the Hoyas

Nate Shron

Georgetown vs. Syracuse: Otto Porter’s career-high 33 points carries Hoyas to win at Carrier Dome - The Washington Post
"I’m sure you guys are waiting for a Manley Field House-type of statement; you’re not going to get it," Thompson told reporters. It was just his second victory in eight attempts at the Carrier Dome, and he allowed himself only a measured amount of outward satisfaction.

Georgetown ruins Syracuse basketball's party at the Carrier Dome |
Just as Georgetown defeated Syracuse in the final game at Manley Field House back in 1980, snapping Syracuse’s 57-game home winning streak in the process, the Hoyas came to the Carrier Dome on Saturday and ruined the Orange’s big going away party.

Poliquin: The big Carrier Dome crowd came, it saw, it was rendered fairly mute |
What? It wasn’t bad enough that they’d closed Manley Fieldhouse back in 1980? Thirty-three years later, these visitors from D.C. also had to suck the life out of the largest in-season, on-campus crowd college basketball had ever seen? Well, by all but rudely putting their feet up on the furniture, that’s exactly and precisely what they did.

Georgetown Defeats Syracuse in Last Big East Matchup at Carrier Dome -
The dome glowed like the inside of a jack-o’-lantern. It sounded like the inside of a jet engine. And when the game was over, Georgetown celebrated on center court as the spoiler of a Syracuse showcase.

Cohen: Georgetown’s Otto steals show on record-setting day for Syracuse | The Daily Orange
"Otto! Otto! Otto!" Not an uncommon utterance in this particular stadium at this particular school, where Otto is the name of the Syracuse mascot. But on this particular evening following this particular game, a different Otto stole this show. This Otto wore navy blue and gray — Georgetown colors — and this Otto singlehandedly disappointed the majority of the 35,012 spectators by pouring in 33 points during a 57-46 upset of the Orange.

Overeager shooting performance dooms Orange to defeat in final Big East Carrier Dome matchup with Hoyas | The Daily Orange
It was the Orange’s worst shooting performance since its Jan. 26 loss at Villanova. Saturday’s loss to Georgetown was more proof of the common theme that runs through all of Syracuse’s losses. "The games that we’ve lost, we struggled shooting the basketball," Boeheim said. "Today is no exception."

Otto Porter spoils Syracuse’s party with career-best 33-point performance | The Dagger - Yahoo! Sports
It had to be especially galling for Syracuse that Porter's finest game came the same day the Orange honored the 2003 national title team and retired the jersey of former star Carmelo Anthony. Not only did Syracuse lose to its rival, it was a guy named Otto who did the damage.

Young Georgetown basketball team performs under the Carrier Dome big top |
"We just stayed poised," said Hoyas forward Otto Porter, Jr., the most poised player in the building Saturday. "I think some of our guys played here before. We played in front of a crowd. I think we had a little bit of experience … and we just went out there and played."

Georgetown exacts their Big East revenge by exposing Syracuse | CollegeBasketballTalk
That quote from Georgetown’s notoriously grumpy head coach helped shape the way we view college basketball today, so it’s fitting that, in the final time Syracuse will host Georgetown as members of the same conference, the Hoyas picked up a win and moved into first place in the Big East. Throw in Otto Porter’s offensive explosion and appearance on the radar of National Player of the Year voters, and it would be easy to forget that Syracuse suddenly does not look like a top ten team or a title contender.

NCAA College Basketball Recap - Georgetown Hoyas at Syracuse Orange - Feb 23, 2013 -
The victory placed an emphatic stamp on the impending end of an era before an imposing Orange crowd. It snapped the Orange's 38-game home winning streak, the longest in the nation, and came 33 years after John Thompson Jr.'s Hoyas halted the Orange's 57-game home winning streak at Manley. Both streaks were school records in the respective buildings

Porter’s career day quiets Carrier Dome crowd, puts Hoyas in Big East lead | CollegeBasketballTalk
Winnable games with UConn, Rutgers and Villanova separate the Hoyas from a season-ending date with none other than Syracuse. If Georgetown protects their own house in that one, the Big East regular-season title, and a potential No. 1 tourney seed, will be their likely reward.

Add Otto Porter to the National Player of the Year conversation -
I promised to write about Big East POY favorite and National POY candidate Otto Porter after his dominating effort that even featured a 4-point play. "I think I did a pretty good job," Porter said. "Could've been better." Technically, I guess.

Otto Porter leads Georgetown Hoyas past Syracuse Orange -- NCB - ESPN
Asked if he should be considered in the national player of the year conversation, Porter hemmed and hawed forever, clearly wishing he'd been asked his stance on something far less controversial like, say, gun control. He finally stumbled out an, "I don't know," as Georgetown sports information director Mex Carey rushed to his rescue with a "We'll let you guys decide that." OK, we will. Otto Porter should be in the national player of the year conversation. Right now.

Georgetown 57, Syracuse 46 - Otto Disappointment - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
The soon-to-be Big East Player of the Year was everything and anything for the Hoyas, who ended the Orange's 38-game home winning streak, which began after a loss to Georgetown in Feb. of 2011.

The View From Courtside: Otto Porter Ruins the Party for 35,012 Syracuse Fans - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Let’s go ahead and anoint Porter the Big East player of the year, shall we? In an evisceration not seen by an opponent at the Carrier Dome in some time, Porter torched the Orange defense to the tune of 33 points on 12-19 shooting (5-10 from three), along with 8 rebounds and 5 steals in a full 40 minutes. So yes, he scored only 13 fewer points than Syracuse did AS A TEAM. It got so bad that in the second half the crowd would audibly groan whenever Porter caught the ball wide open – well before he even raised up for the shot.

Hoya Prospectus: Game stats: Georgetown 57, Syracuse 46
And from the category of I'm not saying, but I'm saying: In 16 minutes of game action with Mikael Hopkins on the court, the Hoyas were outscored by Syracuse 20-11. In 27 minutes of game action with Moses Ayegba on the court, the Hoyas outscored Syracuse 51-26.