WASHINGTON DC - FEBRUARY 5: Head coach John Thompson III of the Georgetown Hoyas reacts to call during a college basketball game against the Providence Friars on February 5 2011 at the Verizon Center in Washington DC. The Hoyas won 83-81. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Georgetown Vs. Syracuse: Hoyas Win At Syracuse For First Time In Nine Years In 64-56 Win

For the first time since February 2002, the Hoyas leave the Carrier Dome with a victory in a 64-56 win over Syracuse.

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Georgetown Vs. Syracuse: Hoyas Win At Syracuse For First Time In Almost Nine Years In 64-56 Win

Even though the rivalry between the Georgetown Hoyas and Syracuse Orange is historic, the Hoyas entered Wednesday's game with the Orange without a win at the Carrier Dome since February 2002. That's history now, too.

Austin Freeman's 14 points led the Hoyas to a 64-56 win over the Orange.

Jason Clark and Julian Vaughn each had 12 points, while Hollis Thompson had 11 off of the bench. Chris Wright had six points. For Syracuse, Kris Joseph scored a team-high 14 points.

Lead changes occurred throughout the night with neither team taking a double-digit lead. Georgetown hit six three-pointers in the first half, but still trailed by two. In the second half, each team took a small lead, but it was the Hoyas' 15-3 run to end the game that put the Orange away. John Thompson III would earn his first win at Syracuse in his career; he was 0-5 prior.

With the win, the Hoyas jump the Orange in the Big East standings. Georgetown now sits at 8-4 and have won seven straight conference games. The Hoyas are just 2.5 games behind first-place Pittsburgh  Georgetown returns to action Sunday against Marquette.

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Georgetown Vs. Syracuse: Threes Rain Down Inside Carrier Dome, Syracuse Leads 31-29 At Halftime

Basketball is a game played indoors, but the Carrier Dome's roof is not protecting from raining three-pointers.

Led by Kris Joseph's 10 points, the Syracuse Orange has a 31-29 halftime lead over the Georgetown Hoyas.

Jason Clark and Markel Starks each have six to lead the Hoyas. Austin Freeman, Julian Vaughn and Chris Wright have combined for 12 points.

Georgetown has 11 field goals, but six of them are three-pointers. Syracuse also has 11 field goals and three three-pointers. Both teams also have 13 rebounds.

The half featured back-and-forth action. Hollis Thompson hit a three-pointer with 10 seconds left to tie the game at 29, but Dion Walters hit a floater with two seconds left to send the Orange into the locker room with the lead.

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Georgetown Vs. Syracuse: Riding Six-Game Winning Streak, Hoyas Take On Rival Orange

The Georgetown Hoyas are on a hot streak, with six wins in a row to propel them back to near the top of the AP Top 25 poll. This is just in time for them to square off against their big rivals in the Big East. Tonight, the No. 11 Hoyas travel to the Carrier Dome to take on No. 12 Syracuse in a key Big East showdown.

Syracuse is once again strong under coach Jim Boeheim. Like Georgetown, they had a stretch where they were struggling. They lost four in a row in the middle of Big East play, including a shocking 90-68 home loss to lowly Seton Hall. However, they have righted the ship, defeating Connecticut in Connecticut and routing South Florida. 

The Hoyas have traditionally played poorly up at the Carrier Dome, so this is a big game for them to eliminate their demons. It's also a big test for their much-maligned front line, as they have to go up against Orange big man Rick Jackson

The game will begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcasted on ESPN. 

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