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Orangemen earn 11th comeback victory

3/1/2003

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony missed two free throws that
could have iced the game in the final 30 seconds of regulation.

Gerry McNamara, who hadn't missed a free throw in Big East play
all season, went 1-for-2 from the line with 10 seconds left.

So Syracuse needed overtime for its 11th second-half,
comeback victory of the season and McNamara redeemed
himself with 10 of his 22 points in the extra period as the
15th-ranked Orangemen beat Georgetown 93-84 Saturday.

"I never thought Jerry and Melo would miss those three free
throws late in regulation,'' Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "I
think they were shocked a little bit. When (Georgetown) scored and
tied it, most teams would lose that game in overtime.''

Syracuse overcame a 12-point deficit -- the fifth time this
season the Orangemen have made up eight or more in the second half.
This was the first to go to overtime and it featured stellar games
from Big East player of the year candidates Anthony and Mike
Sweetney of Georgetown.

"I doubt if there's ever been a team that's been behind as many
points as we have in 11 games in the second half and won all 11,''
Boeheim said. "Either we're not doing a good coaching job in the
first half, or we're doing a heck of a coaching job in the second
half.''

Anthony, a freshman shaking off a dismal first half in his first
college game near his native Baltimore, had career highs of 30
points and 15 rebounds, but his numbers were bettered by Sweetney,
a junior who had 31 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists and seven
blocks.

"The two of them played at a different level than the other
eight guys on floor,'' Georgetown coach Craig Esherick said.

It was the fifth straight victory for the Orangemen (21-4,
11-3). Anthony, just 3-for-10 from the field in the first half,
finished 12-for-29 -- although he was 1-for-7 from 3-point range and
5-for-13 from the free throw line.

Hakim Warrick added 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Orangemen,
who outrebounded Georgetown 60-43.

Tony Bethel had 19 points for the Hoyas (13-12, 5-9), who
suffered yet another close loss in a frustrating season that has
them at risk of not qualifying for the Big East tournament.
Georgetown is 1-3 in overtime and has two other one-point losses.

"I've had a lot of practice at this, I can tell you that,''
Esherick said. "The most important thing that hurt us today is we
couldn't rebound -- except for Sweetney.''

Georgetown's Gerald Riley, who was 0-for-7 from 3-point range at
the time, hit a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left in regulation to
send the game to overtime. The Hoyas were given the chance when
McNamara, a 94 percent free throw shooter, went 1-for-2 with 10
seconds left.

McNamara finished 9-for-11 from the line -- ending a perfect
41-for-41 mark in conference play entering the game.

McNamara hit two 3-pointers and another jumper in an 11-3 run to
start overtime. Hoyas, down by eight, had to pressure and foul the
rest of the way, but never got closer than four.

Georgetown started the game with an 11-0 run as Syracuse missed
its first eight shots and 14 of 17. The Hoyas couldn't build on the
lead, however, because they shot just 29 percent in the first half.
Billy Edelin and Warrick each scored two baskets as Orangemen
finished the half with a 10-2 run to get within 30-27.

Sweetney scored 11 of Georgetown's first 13 points in the second
half -- all on inside moves -- as the Hoyas increased a three-point
halftime lead to double digits.

But Anthony completed a comeback by tying the game at 60 with
two free throws with 6:21 to play. He then stole the inbounds pass
and made a short jumper to give Syracuse its first lead, 62-60.

The rest of regulation was a tense duel, with neither team
leading by more than four points.

"It was typical Georgetown-Syracuse -- that's for sure,''
Boeheim said.