- The Washington Times - Monday, February 25, 2002

SYRACUSE, N.Y. Once again, Georgetown spoiled a special day in Syracuse sports history, using a hounding defense to defeat the Orangemen 75-69 yesterday on the newly dedicated Jim Boeheim Court.
After a pregame ceremony honoring the Syracuse coach, Gerald Riley scored 18 points and Kevin Braswell added 16 as the Hoyas (16-10, 7-7 Big East) won for the second time in five games and kept alive their slim hopes to make the NCAA tournament field.
It was on Feb. 13, 1980, that the Hoyas closed Manley Field House, where Syracuse played before the Carrier Dome opened, by beating the Orangemen 52-50. Afterward, then-Georgetown coach John Thompson declared that Manley was "officially closed."
Syracuse (20-8, 9-5) trailed 45-35 with 11:41 to play but rallied with a 16-4 run to take a 51-49 lead with 7:08 remaining. James Thues had five of his career-best 17 points during the spurt. The Hoyas' only points during that five-minute span came on free throws by Mike Sweetney, who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Braswell scored seven consecutive points for Georgetown to give it a 61-55 lead with 3:55 to play.
But Syracuse, which was 25-for-65 from the field, couldn't pull any closer than two points over the final seconds as the Hoyas went seven of 10 from the free throw line down the stretch. Georgetown was 23-for-29 from the line for the game.


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