- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 2, 2003

The duel between Georgetown's Mike Sweetney and Syracuse's Carmelo Anthony was as good as advertised yesterday. Unfortunately for the Hoyas, Sweetney had little help boxing out orange jerseys.
Georgetown was beaten on the glass and forgot to defense one of the Big East's most dangerous shooters in overtime. Syracuse freshman guard Gerry McNamara scored 10 of his 22 points in the extra period to lead the 15th-ranked Orangemen to a 93-84 victory before 17,352 at MCI Center.
McNamara nailed two important 3-pointers including one while fading away beyond the NBA's 3-point arc to put away the Hoyas.
"I've always been a big shot guy, and I'm going to take them when I get the chance," McNamara said.
Meanwhile, Anthony, who grew up in Baltimore, scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds. Sweetney had 31 points, 19 rebounds, a career-high seven assists and seven blocks.
With the Orangemen (21-4, 11-3 Big East) clinging to a 79-78 lead, McNamara dashed any upset hopes for the Hoyas (13-12, 5-9) when he stroked a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 3:51 left in overtime.
A minute later, McNamara swished a 3-pointer falling to his left from around 24 feet that gave Syracuse an 88-80 lead with 2:24 remaining.
Rebounding has been a constant problem for the Hoyas this season, and the Orangemen really exploited the weakness. Syracuse outrebounded Georgetown 60-43 and grabbed 24 offensive rebounds.
It wasn't like the Orangemen were running their offense effectively, because Syracuse tied a season-low with seven assists. Syracuse threw the ball up and aggressively went after it.
Senior forward Hakim Warrick grabbed 18 rebounds (six offensive), and the 6-foot-8 Anthony snatched 15.
Afterward, Sweetney was understandably frustrated with his team's poor rebounding effort. Syracuse scored many of its points on second-chance opportunities.
"This is the worst it's been all season," he said. "We're getting to the end of the season it should be getting better, not worse."
With two games left in the regular season, the Hoyas find themselves back on the Big East tournament bubble with this loss. After Rutgers' 95-82 upset of No.9 Notre Dame yesterday, Georgetown holds a tenuous one-game lead over the Scarlet Knights and West Virginia in the battle to avoid last place in the Big East's West Division.
If Georgetown wins at West Virginia tomorrow night, the Hoyas will clinch a spot in the conference tournament and become eligible for an NIT spot. The top six in each division qualify for the tournament.
"The most important thing that hurt us today is that we could not rebound at all other than Mike Sweetney," Hoyas coach Craig Esherick said. "We were terrible on the boards. They killed us, particularly Warrick and Anthony."
Gerald Riley, Georgetown's junior shooting guard, sent the game into overtime when he made a 3-pointer at the top of the key with 3.4 seconds left for a 77-77 tie. Riley missed all seven of his previous 3-pointers and finished 3-for-17 from the floor.
The Hoyas led by as much as 45-33 in the second half. The Orangemen kept chipping away and took their first lead at 62-60 with 6:18 left when Anthony stole Courtland Freeman's pass and sank a 15-foot jump shot from the right baseline.
Perhaps the biggest play came with 48 seconds left and Georgetown leading 74-73. Georgetown sophomore point guard Tony Bethel was double-teamed in the left corner immediately after an inbounds. Trying to dribble between Anthony and Syracuse point guard Billy Edelin, Bethel lost the ball to Edelin. Edelin, who is from Silver Spring, made a hanging layup off Bethel's turnover and was fouled by freshman Brandon Bowman. Edelin made the free throw, and Syracuse led 76-74 with 47 seconds left.

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