Boeheim scores 21 as Syracuse holds off rival Georgetown 74-69

Chase for the Championship

Syracuse guard Buddy Boeheim (35) dribbles the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Boston College, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – Buddy Boeheim scored 21 points and Syracuse held off rival Georgetown for a 74-69 victory.

The Orange (7-2) have won four of their last five and rebounded from a 63-60 loss at home against Pittsburgh. Georgetown (3-8) has lost five straight.

Joe Girard had 18 points, a season-best eight assists, and two steals for Syracuse. Georgetown cut a 16-point deficit early in the second half to 68-65 on Jamari Sibley’s layup.

But Alan Griffin answered with an alley-oop dunk and Girard hit a jumper near the top of the arc for a 72-65 lead with 1:15 remaining.

Jamorko Pickett led Georgetown with 17 points. Jahvon Blair had 16 points and a career-high 10 assists

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