Feb 24, 2002
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Once again, Georgetown spoiled a special day in Syracuse sports history, using a hounding defense to defeat the Orangemen 75-69 Sunday on the newly dedicated Jim Boeheim Court.
After a pregame ceremony honoring the Syracuse coach, Gerald Riley scored 18 points and Kevin Braswell added 16 as the Hoyas (16-10, 7-7 Big East) won for just the second time in five games and kept alive their hopes to make the NCAA tournament field.
It was on Feb. 13, 1980, that the Hoyas closed Manley Field House, where Syracuse played before the Carrier Dome opened, by beating the Orangemen 52-50. Afterward, then-Georgetown coach John Thompson boldly declared that Manley was "officially closed."
Syracuse (20-8, 9-5) trailed 45-35 with 11:41 to play but rallied with a 16-4 run to take a 51-49 lead with 7:08 remaining. James Thues had five of his career-best 17 points during the spurt. The Hoyas' only points during that five-minute span came on free throws by Mike Sweetney, who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Braswell scored seven consecutive points for Georgetown to give it a 61-55 lead with 3:55 to play.
But Syracuse, which was just 25-of-65 from the field, couldn't pull any closer than two points over the final seconds as the Hoyas went 7-of-10 from the free throw line down the stretch. Georgetown was 23-of-29 was from the line for the game.
Preston Shumpert added 14 points for Syracuse, but was just 4-of-17 from the field.
Georgetown limited Syracuse to 33 percent shooting in the opening half while building a 35-30 lead. The Orangemen stayed close with 16 second-chance points off 11 offensive rebounds. Georgetown shot 12-of-22 but committed 12 turnovers.
Prior to the game, Syracuse dedicated the Carrier Dome court to Boeheim, a former player who went on to win 620 games in his 26 years as coach at Syracuse and is the fifth active winningest coach in college basketball. More than 60 former teammates and players joined Boeheim on the floor as he unveiled the words "Jim Boeheim Court" painted in blue on each side of the court along the sidelines.
The dedication and game were watched by 29,215 people. It was the largest on-campus crowd to see a college basketball game this year. The previous high was 24,330 at the Louisville-Kentucky game at Rupp Arena on Dec. 29, 2001.