Instant Juice: Syracuse 39, Georgetown 61

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A quick take on Syracuse’s 61-39 embarrassing loss to Georgetown in the Orange’s final Big East regular season game after 34-seasons in the league, before a raucous, record sell-out crowd of 20,972 at the Verizon Center on a lovely, spring-like Saturday afternoon in the nation’s capital.

WHAT HAPPENED: Syracuse (23-8) failed to take any momentum away from Wednesday’s win over DePaul, and instead goes into the post-season having dropped four of its last five regular season games and 5-5 in its last 10 contests, finishing 11-7 and in the middle of the pack of the conference, playing some of its poorest basketball (total game points more like what SU scores in one half, 33-percent shooting, 13 turnovers, and being out-rebounded by nearly double-digits) of the entire season on this day.

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Jim Boeheim was not a happy camper Sat. afternoon

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ANALYSIS: Down by seven at halftime, and having scored just 18-points due to poor shooting and sloppy play (eight turnovers), SU could not contain the Hoyas (24-5) three-point shooting in the second-half, especially by guards Markel Starks and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (combined 34-points), as Georgetown stayed comfortably in front by double-digits throughout the final 20 minutes.

HERO: Stretching the definition here, but perhaps the thousands of orange-clad ‘Cuse fans, many of whom paying big bucks for the privilege to sit in on the final game in this rivalry, had to endure a one-sided affair and a loud celebration of all things Georgetown basketball.

» Related: A look at Syracuse’s shooting woes

ZERO: A lot to choose from among the orange-clad team members, let’s just say SU fans hope to see a completely reinvigorated squad come next week as “New York’s College Team” plays in the Big Apple.

WHAT’S NEXT: As the 5th seed in its final Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, Syracuse opens up play Wed. Mar. 13 against the winner of Tuesday’s #12 Seton Hall/#13 South Florida match-up, in the second game of the Wed. afternoon session of the second-round. The ‘Cuse beat both the Pirates and Bulls by 11-points on the road in the regular season meetings. Approximate Time: 2:30 TV: ESPN

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Brad Bierman

About Brad Bierman

Now in his fifth decade of covering SU sports, Brad was sports director of WSYR radio for eight years into the early 1990s, then wrote the Orange Watch column for The Big Orange/The Juice print publication for 18 years. A Syracuse University graduate, Brad currently runs his own media consulting business in the Philadelphia suburbs. Follow him on Twitter @BradBierman.
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