In a rivalry that began when John Thompson Jr. declared Manley Field House “officially closed,” Georgetown didn’t just write the final chapter but firmly closed the book with a 61-39 rout of Syracuse on Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center.
By finishing with a 14-4 record in the Big East, the Hoyas secured a share of the conference regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. In a ceremony after the game, Head Coach John Thompson III led the remaining crowd in a “We Are Georgetown” chant.
Rebounding from a 67-57 loss at Villanova Wednesday, Georgetown’s backcourt came ready to play and managed to overcome a quiet game — at least in the points column — from sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr., who was named a Wooden Award finalist just before tip-off.
Junior point guard Markel Starks led the way with 19 points and five assists, including five three-pointers. Freshman guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who likewise killed the Orange from behind the arc, had a huge all-around day with 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.