With the Syracuse rematch looming on Saturday, we here at Hoya Paranoia are preparing a series of posts throughout the week both commemorating the rivalry and looking ahead to its future. Columnist Peter Barston kicks us off with this look at the best Georgetown-Syracuse pictures, from the 1980s to one new classic from just a few weeks ago.
Warm-Up: John Thompson Jr. and Jim Boeheim share a tender moment in 1984.
February 12th, 1980 — “Manley Field House is officially closed”
The Hoyas stormed into Manley Field House and beat the Orange 52-50 in the final game between the two before Syracuse moved into the Carrier Dome. JTII’s quote after Georgetown’s comeback victory, which ended Syracuse’s 57-game home winning streak, is credited with igniting the storied rivalry.
March 8th, 1985 — Patrick Ewing vs. the World
The Hoyas, fresh off a national championship the year before, met the Orange in the semifinals of the Big East Championship at Madison Square Garden in 1985. Ewing and Dwayne Washington — the hero from Syracuse’s win in January of that year — exchanged elbows as the two ran up court, and an impassioned Ewing responded with a punch that missed Washington by the slimmest of margins. Georgetown, inspired by the explosive encounter, would go on to win 74-65 with a little help from its superstar, pictured here dunking on Rony Seikaly on his to way to tournament MVP.
March 4th, 1990 — Thompson’s Technical Trio
JTII, irate after a reach-in foul was called against his team, proceeded to berate, roam and stomp all over the Carrier Dome court en route to picking up three technical fouls — each from a different referee. Thompson Jr.’s ejection forced him to watch the remainder of another thrilling contest from the locker room, and his Hoyas eventually ended up on the wrong side of an 89-87 barnburner.
February 25th, 2006 — That Georgetown Press
Gerry McNamara is swarmed by Hoyas in what would turn out to be a decisive 68-53 victory for JTIII’s side. It was the first victory over Syracuse for the younger Thompson as well as for five seniors, including Brandon Bowman, Darrel Owens and Ashanti Cook (pictured here from left to right). McNamara would have the last laugh that year, though, as the Orange would avenge this loss the next month with a nail-biting victory over Georgetown in the Big East tournament semifinals.
November 16th, 2007 — Standing Tall
Following Georgetown’s trip to the Final Four the year before, star center Roy Hibbert graced the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 2007 college basketball season preview alongside Syracuse’s Eric Devendorf. The rivalry delivered two classics that campaign: an OT win for the Hoyas at the Phonebooth and a narrow loss by the Blue and Gray at the Carrier Dome.
February 26th, 2011 — Stop me if you’ve heard this one before
Austin Freeman celebrates after a Nate Lubick layup during Syracuse’s visit to the Verizon Center two years ago in a game that bore a striking resemblance to this year’s matchup. 2011 was the last time the Hoyas hosted the Orange, and — just like this year — it followed a victory at the Carrier Dome earlier in the season. 2011’s result? A scrappy 58-51 win for the bad guys.
Here’s hoping history doesn’t repeat itself this year.
February 26th, 2011 — Sea of Gray
The last time Georgetown welcomed Syracuse to the nation’s capital. A picture is worth a thousand words.
February 23rd, 2013 — Otto-matic
The Otto Porter Jr. Show continued its 2012-2013 tour in upstate New York, as Porter Jr.’s 33 points silenced the record crowd of 35,012 that came to witness the penultimate regular season game between the two rivals in Big East play. The four-point play depicted in this photo stunned the Orange faithful, brought the Hoyas bench to its feet and added another highlight reel moment to Porter Jr.’s Big East and National Player of the Year candidacy.