A record crowd did not matter. Nor did a chance to seize control of the Big East.
Syracuse's basketball team took a few steps backwards falling out of the top 10 rankings for first time this season, as a result of losing to no. 11 Georgetown 57-46 at a jammed packed Carrier Dome Saturday afternoon.
Even though there was a record breaking crowd of 35.012 highly spirited spectators, the Hoyas snapped the Orange's home winning streak of 38 games, which was the longest active in Division I just like 33 years earlier, when the Hoyas ended SU's 58-game streak at Manley Field House.
In spite of all the stars on hand, a capacity crowd and members of the 2003 national championship team on hand (including Carmelo Anthony, whose no. 15 was retired in a halftime ceremony), it was Otto Porter who rained on the Orange's parade.
Porter scored a season-high 33 points on 12-for-19 shooting and, almost by himself, dismantled the Orange, scoring at will, mostly on wide-open attempts. In doing so, Porter bailed out the rest of the Hoyas, who hit only five of 37 shots.
SU shot miserably from the 3-point line (just six for 24) and Georgetown's defense was excellent in shutting down the backcourt of Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams. Rakeem Christmas grabbed eight rebounds, but was held scoreless. And center Baye Moussa Keita delivered just one point and two blocks.
C.J. Fair finished with 13 points and seven rebounds and James Southerland added 13 points for Syracuse. Carter-Williams was held in check with 7 points and 5 assists.
“Offensively we had them on the ropes in the first half,”said Triche who scored a season-low 5 points on 4-of-13 shooting, including 1 of seven from beyond the arc. “But we ended up shooting a bunch of jump shots (and missing) and they got right back into the game.” Georgetown registered nine steals and forced 16 turnovers that were cashed into 20 points. Despite this, SU rallied from a 21-15 deficit with an 8-0 run and seized a halftime lead of 23-21. SU capitalized on three Hoya turnovers as the opposition was held scoreless over the last 4:45.