Washington, D.C. – With two more players entering the transfer portal on Friday, Georgetown entered the game against Syracuse with only nine scholarship players in uniform for the 95th meeting between the two teams. The lack of depth didn’t hurt the Hoyas as they defeated the Orange 89-79 Saturday afternoon, improving their record to 7-3.
The Hoyas where led by a balanced attack with Mac McClung leading the way. The 6-2 sophomore shooting guard continued his hot shooting scoring 26 points in 36 minutes of action. Junior 7-0 center Omer Yurtseven scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Georgetown will need this skilled big man to make better decisions with the ball in their half-court offense. He committed six turnovers today. If that became the norm that will be a problem once the Hoyas go into conference play.
Senior guard Jagan Mosley (6-4) has picked up his game as well as he scored 16 points. He shot 4-of-6 from the 3-point line and played tough perimeter defense. However the main catalyst for the Hoyas today and in their current 3-game winning streak is the 6-3 grad transfer from South Florida, Terrell Allen. Allen has come up big for Coach Ewing and the Hoyas. He finished the game with 14 points, six assists, two steals, two rebounds and only two turnovers. It’s amazing what solid guard play can do for a team.
Syracuse’s record dropped to 5-5 which is the worst 10-game start in Coach Boeheim’s 44 seasons as Head Coach. Their only lead in the game came on a 3-point jumper by talented 6-6 redshirt junior Elijah Hughes in the games’ first minute. Hughes finished the game with 21 points.
Buddy Boeheim, the coach’s son and 6-6 sophomore shooting guard, put on an impressive shooting display. He scored 25 points on 9-of-18 from the field and knocked down 7-of-13 from the 3-point line before fouling out of the game. Also playing well for Syracuse was 6-1 freshman guard Joseph Girard III. Girard impressed with his ability to score from all three levels. He finished the game with 16 points, connecting 4-of-9 from the 3-point line.
Syracuse played the game without their standout 6-3 sophomore point guard Jalen Carey who was out with an injured thumb. Carey was ejected from the bench for tripping Georgetown’s Terrell Allen in the second half.
Up next for Georgetown will be a home game against UMBC on Tuesday. Syracuse will be having Oakland University visit the Carrier Dome on Wednesday.
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