Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim probably would have liked his 880th career victory to not be so nerve-racking, but at least he got it with a 64-61 victory over the Georgetown Hoyas on Wednesday night. He passed North Carolina's Dean Smith for third all-time on the Division I coaches' win list.
However, Boeheim certainly wasn't pleased with how this game went. As he said after the game (via Syracuse.com):
“The only reason we won this game,’’ said Boeheim, “is we hit a couple key shots late and our defense was good late.’’
A large part of that anger with Syracuse's performance had to deal with the Hoyas winning the rebound battle, 48-30. Boeheim called it a "disaster."
The Orange overcame a four-point halftime deficit to lead by four points, 55-51, in the final two minutes of play. However, Jason Clark hit a three-pointer and Greg Whittington hit on just one of his two free throws at the one-minute mark that ended the scoring during regulation. In overtime, the Orange outscored the Hoyas, 9-6, but it was Kris Joseph who secured that. He hit a three-point shot with 29 seconds left to put the Orange in the lead and in place for the victory.
Joseph led all scorers with 29 points and played all 45 minutes of the game. He made a career-high six three-pointers, largely a result of Georgetown leaving him open.. Fab Melo followed with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks.
Syracuse hosts the Connecticut Huskies on Saturday. Georgetown welcomes St. John's to the Verizon Center on Sunday.
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