SYRACUSE, New York (Ticker) -- Freshmen Carmelo Anthony and Gerry McNamara enabled Syracuse fans to remain seated at the end.
Anthony and McNamara scored 22 points apiece as the 21st-ranked Orangemen posted an 88-80 Big East Conference victory over Georgetown.
Syracuse entered the latest USA Today/ESPN poll as a result of its 67-65 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday, a victory during which fans at the Carrier Dome stormed the court three times to celebrate the triumph.
"We just knew we had to protect our home court," Anthony said. "I'm just glad we have a day off tomorrow. The Pitt game took a lot out of us. It wasn't easy coming back tonight, but it would have been a lot harder to play if it had been a lesser opponent."
On Monday, fans watched the duo combine to make 6-of-12 3-point attempts. Anthony hit a series of jumpers, including one with just over four minutes remaining that gave Syracuse (15-3, 6-2 Big East West) its largest lead, 76-63.
McNamara, a 93 percent foul shooter, made all eight attempts from the line and finished 5-of-10 from the floor.
Hakim Warrick had eight straight points for Syracuse before Anthony gave the Orangemen their largest lead of the game with 3:35 left.
Held to just three points through 30 minutes, Warrick hit a jumper over two defenders for a 63-57 lead at 9:46 and converted a pair of three-point plays to increase the lead to 69-59 with 8:16 remaining.
Warrick's burst came less than three minutes after 3-pointers by Tony Bethel and Gerald Riley gave the Hoyas a 56-55 edge with 12:27 remaining.
"We've struggled offensively the last few games," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "It was a big question mark for us. We haven't been hitting our shots. But we moved the ball better tonight and made some shots. Hakim's stretch really won the game for us. He got us going. It was a huge run, he made some big time plays."
Georgetown battled back and was within 69-63 with 5:08 to play after Tony Bethel's driving layup over Jeremy McNeil. But the Orangeman sealed the win at the line, converting 15 of 16 free throws down the stretch.
Overall, Syracuse shot 88 percent (29-of-33) from the line as Anthony, a 68 percent foul shooter, was 10-of-13.
Georgetown (10-8, 2-6), which was coming off Saturday's double-overtime loss to Notre Dame, got 32 points and 13 rebounds from Mike Sweetney.
Sweetney, Georgetown's leading scorer, was a force inside early, scoring eight straight points. He also tied the game, 25-25, with just over eight minutes remaining in the first half.
But Syracuse reeled off 11 straight points behind Anthony and McNamara, who combined for a trio of 3-pointers. The Hoyas, who overcame a 15-point deficit Saturday, rallied and were within 42-36 by halftime.
"I would love to be undefeated, but I much prefer close games than losing by 30 points," said Georgetown coach Craig Esherick, who has seen his team suffer just two double-digit losses this season. "At least you can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. If you're losing close games, at least you know you have a chance."
Kueth Duany added 15 points and Billy Edelin chipped in 10 as the Orangemen shot 47 percent (26-of-55) and posted their highest point total against the Hoyas since a 89-87 overtime victory on March 4, 1990.