WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Gerry McNamara nailed a 3-pointer as time expired to give 24th-ranked Syracuse a 57-54 Big East Conference win over Georgetown.
Hakim Warrick took the inbounds pass and dribbled up the right wing, where he was met by the Hoyas' Brandon Bowman and Courtland Freeman. Warrick nearly lost control of his dribble, but spun and make a nifty pass to McNamara, whose quick release from the top of the arc beat the buzzer and swished through.
Georgetown had tied the score at 54-54, when Freeman tipped in a missed 3-pointer by freshman Matt Causey with eight seconds remaining.
Warrick had 19 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots and McNamara added 13 points for Syracuse (17-6, 7-5 Big East), which overcame a season-high 25 turnovers to win for the third time in its last four games. Freshman Louie McCroskey was the only other player in double figures with 10 points for the Orangemen, who made just 7-of-14 free throws.
McNamara hit a 3-pointer 49 seconds into the contest, but missed his next six attempts from the arc before nailing one to pull the Orangemen within 47-44 with 5:38 left in the second half.
"I played so poorly the whole game, toward the end of the game I started feeling my shot," said McNamara, who finished 4-of-10 from the arc. "Especially being the national champs you don't want to end up not being in the NCAA Tournament. We know we have a lot of pressure on us and have to win some games down the stretch."
The Orangemen have four games remaining before the Big East tournament, including a visit to fourth-ranked Pittsburgh and a home meeting with No. 8 Connecticut - both of which already have defeated Syracuse this season.
"You just have to find a way to win on the road," said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim after his club won for the second time in its last five road games.
The Orangemen won all three meetings with Georgetown last season, including a 93-84 overtime victory here on March 1 when McNamara scored 10 of his 22 points in the extra session.
Gerald Riley and Ashanti Cook each scored 13 points for Georgetown (13-10, 4-8), which shot under 28 percent (18-of-65) and lost its fourth straight game.
The Hoyas held a 25-22 edge at halftime and Syracuse did not take the lead until Warrick dunked to make it 37-36 with 10:57 remaining. Riley, who made just 3-of-13 shots, responded with a 3-pointer 23 seconds later.
Georgetown maintained the lead until Josh Pace hit a turnaround jumper to tie the score, 52-52, with 1:41 left. After Georgetown failed to score on its next possession, Warrick made a pair of free throws to give Syracuse a 54-52 edge with 52 seconds left.
Both teams committed turnovers, setting up Georgetown's tying shot Causey tried to give the Hoyas the lead, but after his attempt bounced off the iron, Freeman outjumped a pair of Orangemen for the follow shot.