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Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2003 11:41 PM EST
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(11) Syracuse 74, Georgetown 69
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NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Carmelo Anthony and Syracuse certainly have Georgetown's number.

Anthony scored 21 points and Kueth Duany added 16 as the 11th-ranked Orangemen advanced to the semifinals of the Big East Conference tournament with a 74-69 victory.

Syracuse (24-4) captured all three meetings with Georgetown this season. Anthony averaged 26 points in the two wins in the regular season and did more damage in the third matchup to effectively eliminate the Hoyas (14-14) from NCAA Tournament contention.

The Hoyas were extremely physical against Anthony - almost too physical. Anthony was hit in the eye twice in the second half, although no foul was called either time.

"Georgetown always gives us a fight," Anthony said. "The last couple games, we have played them, whoever played a better game down the stretch have come away with the victory."

Anthony's two free throws gave the Orangemen the lead for good at 64-63 with 5:51 remaining. Hakim Warrick scored on a follow shot 35 seconds later for a three-point edge.

Georgetown failed to convert several easy chances down the stretch. Gerald Riley missed a wide-open 3-pointer with 2:50 remaining and the Hoyas trailing, 66-65. Riley also blew a layup with 1:52 to go as coach Craig Esherick clamored for a foul.

Despite their ineptitude, the Hoyas had a final chance to tie or take the lead after Duany split a pair at the line for a 69-67 lead with 33 seconds to go. But Mike Sweetney, guarded by Craig Forth, dropped a bounce pass from freshman Ashanti Cook and the ball wound up in the hands of Duany.

"At the end of the game, he hit my hand and it just slipped out of my hand," Sweetney said. "I don't know what went on. It was a good pass; it was my mistake."

Syracuse freshmen Gerry McNamara and Billy Edelin each made two free throws in the final 20 seconds to seal the victory.

Georgetown played well early and took its largest lead at 34-26 on Cook's 3-pointer with 4:46 left before halftime. With Anthony and McNamara struggling, Duany helped keep Syracuse afloat.

Duany scored five points in a 9-2 spurt that pulled the Orangemen within 36-35. Syracuse took a 39-38 lead on a dunk by Warrick, but Hoyas freshman Brandon Bowman converted a three-point play for a two-point lead at intermission.

"We have players that step up down the stretch and tonight we came together," Duany said. "As a team, to beat a tough Georgetown team."

Anthony came up with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting in a second half that featured eight lead changes. Warrick added nine of his 14 points in the final 20 minutes.

Sweetney finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds in a monster effort. Bowman added 18 points, but Georgetown was a woeful 2-of-15 from beyond the arc to continue a season-long trend.

"Clearly, we didn't shoot the ball as as well as I would have liked in the perimeter," Esherick said. "The other part is that I thought Syracuse played very good defense."

The Hoyas held a 35-28 edge on the glass, but shot just 33 percent (10-of-33) in the second half. The starting backcourt of Riley and Tony Bethel combined to make only 3-of-17 shots for six points.

Although Syracuse advanced, its effort left plenty to be desired. The Orangemen surrendered 23 points off 15 turnovers and yielded 18 offensive rebounds by the Hoyas. McNamara never got going and finished with seven points.

"We didn't play the way Syracuse plays," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "We just have to play better for the full 40 minutes or one day it's going to catch up to us. "

Georgetown owns a record six Big East tournament titles but has not won since 1989. The Hoyas have not advanced past the quarterfinals in five of the last six years.

The Orangemen will meet Connecticut in Friday's semifinals.


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