Georgetown Routs Syracuse En Route To Big East Crown


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Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) —  No. 5 Georgetown wrapped up a share of the Big East regular-season title by routing No. 17 Syracuse 61-39, on Saturday afternoon.

It was a nostalgic day for both teams as it was the last regular-season meeting between the two teams as Big East rivals.

“It’s special because the Big East, as we have known it, is ending,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. “Georgetown won the first one, and now Georgetown’s won the last. So that means a lot.”

Markel Starks led the Hoyas (24-5, 14-4 Big East) with 19 points, while D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 15 points and five rebounds.  The Hoyas held Syracuse to its lowest scoring output ever as a member of the Big East.

National player of the year Otto Porter Jr. was held without a field-goal until the second half.  He finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.

Georgetown will be the No. 1 seed at the Big East tournament next week at Madison Square Garden.

Syracuse (23-8, 11-7) was hoping for a double-bye in the tournament, but with the loss it will finish outside the top four in the conference.  The Orange were led by Michael Carter-Williams’ 17 points.

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