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Hoyas down Syracuse for 7th straight win

Feb 10, 2011 - 8:29 AM Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) - Austin Freeman scored 14 points to lead 11th- ranked Georgetown past No. 12 Syracuse, 64-56, in the renewal of a legendary Big East rivalry at the Carrier Dome.

Julian Vaughn totaled 12 points and eight rebounds while Jason Clark also scored 12, including four during a key stretch late in the second half, to guide the Hoyas (19-5, 8-4 Big East) to a seventh straight victory.

Kris Joseph scored 14 points while freshman C.J. Fair came off the bench to provide a spark with 12 points and five rebounds for the Orange (20-5, 7-5), who have dropped five of their last seven.

Rick Jackson, Syracuse's presence inside offensively and top rebounder, picked up his fourth foul with 14:41 to go in the game and went to the bench with the Hoyas on top, 39-38.

"This was the first game that Rick has gotten into foul trouble," Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. "When he's not in there, it hurts the whole post game. We've really come to depend on him and I thought that was a big difference in the game." Jackson returned for the final 5 1/2 minutes but was not a factor.

The lead swung back and forth before a Baye Moussa Keita layup and two Scoop Jardine foul shots gave the Orange a 51-47 edge with nine minutes to play.

Hollis Thompson buried a right-wing three that knotted the score at 55 and a Freeman layup after a turnover put the Hoyas back in the lead for good with slightly more than three minutes remaining.

Two Clark layups extended the Georgetown lead to six with two minutes to go and capped the decisive 9-0 run.

Jardine hit 1-of-2 at the line with 90 seconds left before Chris Wright tracked down his own missed three-pointer to give the Hoyas another possession. Clark knocked down a pair at the line to make 63-56 and effectively sew up the victory.

Fair's lay-in gave Syracuse its first lead, 18-16, with seven minutes to go in the half. The Hoyas ended a five-minute scoring drought on the next possession with a Vaughn hook shot before Jackson's layup and a Brandon Triche triple gave the Orange a five-point edge.

Thompson's trifecta with the shot clock running down with 19 ticks left got the game tied at 29 prior to Dion Waiter's floater just before the half expired that gave the hosts a two-point lead at the break.

Game Notes

Georgetown has put together its longest conference win streak since an 11- gamer during the 2006-07 campaign...The Hoyas won at Syracuse for the first time since the 2001-02 season, marking head coach John Thompson III's first win there...Georgetown had 20 assists on 24 made baskets...Jackson ended with four points and eight boards in 31 minutes...Syracuse shot just 39.6 percent from the floor, including a paltry 4-for-16 from beyond the arc...The Orange lead the all-time series, 46-39.