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Syracuse improves to 7-2 with win over Georgetown, 74-69 (full coverage)

Everything about the longtime rivalry between Syracuse and Georgetown symbolizes vintage basketball.

The latest iteration between the two storied programs was no different as the Orange beat the Hoyas, 74-69, in the Carrier Dome on Saturday.

Joe Girard hit a long 2-pointer with the shot clock winding down to seal the win for Syracuse (6-2, 1-1 ACC). Georgetown (3-8, 1-5 Big East) suffered its fifth-straight loss.

Girard, who went 3-for-11 from the field in SU’s loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, bounced back with an 18-point, eight-assist performance on 3-for-4 from beyond the arc.

Orange forward Buddy Boeheim led the Orange with 21 points, five rebounds and four assists.

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Longtime rivals Syracuse and Georgetown will meet for the 96th time on Saturday, Jan. 9. Tip off in the Carrier Dome is set for 7 p.m.

Syracuse (6-2, 1-1) looks to return to the win column after a 63-60 setback against Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The loss snapped the Orange’s three-game winning streak.

Georgetown lost its fourth straight contest on Wednesday, a 63-55 setback at Butler. The Hoyas enter Saturday’s game with a 3-7 overall record.

Syracuse leads the all-time series with Georgetown, 51-44. The teams met every year from 1979-80 through 2012-13 when both were members of The BIG EAST Conference. The squads have met each of the past five years after the series was renewed in 2015-16.

Last season, Georgetown defeated the Orange, 89-79, in Capital One Arena. Buddy Boeheim led Syracuse with 25 points, while Elijah Hughes added 21 points.

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