Boeheim scores 21; Syracuse holds off rival Georgetown 74-69
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Buddy Boeheim scored 21 points and Syracuse held off rival Georgetown for a 74-69 victory on Saturday night.
The Orange (7-2) have won four of their last five and rebounded from a 63-60 loss at home against Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Georgetown (3-8) has lost five straight.
Joe Girard had 18 points, a season-best eight assists, and two steals for Syracuse. Quincy Guerrier added 12 points and nine rebounds. Marek Dolezaj had 11 points and nine rebounds. Boeheim and Girard each had three of the Orange's nine 3-pointers.
Jamorko Pickett scored 17 points and had nine rebounds for Georgetown. Jahvon Blair had 16 points and a career-high 10 assists. Donald Carey added 10 points.
Georgetown cut a 16-point deficit early in the second half to 68-65 on Jamari Sibley's layup. But Alan Griffin answered with an alley-oop dunk and Girard hit a jumper near the top of the arc for a 72-65 lead with 1:15 remaining. The Hoyas committed four of their 12 turnovers in the last four minutes.
It was the 96th meeting in the series dating to 1930. The Orange lead 52-44 and avenged last season's 89-79 loss at Georgetown.
Georgetown: The Hoyas return to Big East play hosting DePaul on Wednesday.
Syracuse: The Orange play at North Carolina on Tuesday in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.
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Updated January 9, 2021