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This rivalry has spilled into the Big East Conference where both teams became yearly foes.
With the Orange leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) beginning in the 2013-14 season and the future of the Hoyas still up in the air, the longtime quarrelers took to the stage of Jim Boeheim Court inside the Carrier Dome.
About a week after the 83rd anniversary of their first match back on February 15, 1930, Syracuse and Georgetown met in the Dome for their final contest there as conference foes.
The game began in favor of the Orange, with senior guard Brandon Triche putting the New York squad on the board first, off of his jumper at 18:07.
Syracuse would hold onto their lead until the 5:09 mark in the first half, a span of approximately 13 minutes.
Their advantage was broken by Georgetown junior forward Otto Porter, Jr., whose dunk put the Hoyas up 16-15. Porter would be anything but close to finished peeling away at the Orange.
But, with 27 seconds before the break, Syracuse senior forward James Southerland's deep connection would gain the lead back for the Orange, who went into halftime up 23-21.
Neither team had much to show as far as scoring in the opening half. Syracuse made nine of 29, while Georgetown connected on seven of their 30 attempts from the field. Both sides combined for a 5-for-28 outing from beyond the arc in the first half.
With both teams coming off the court, a well-known figure in Syracuse basketball history stepped onto the court. Carmelo Anthony, who was an integral part of Syracuse's 2003 National Championship, stood at center stage with his orange and blue jersey framed in his hands.
Looking up with 35,012 on-lookers spread around him, Anthony also saw his jersey hanging from the rafters of the Carrier Dome for the first time. It's place is next to the team's 2003 National Championship banner, fitting because Syracuse could not have one without the other.
Memories played on the newly-installed HD video screens around the Dome of what the Orange were when they had who they call "'Melo".
But nostalgia was replaced quickly with agita as Georgetown ripped the lead from Syracuse rapidly with a three by junior guard Markel Starks, going ahead 24-23.
Junior forward C.J. Fair brought the advantage back to Syracuse with two made free throws with 15:03 remaining, placing the Orange in front 27-26.
Then, came Porter once again to take the lead away from Syracuse and place it back with the visiting squad, making a three of his own less than a minute after Fair had helped Syracuse move ahead.
The closest the Orange would come was on Triche's layup, which tied the contest at 29 apiece.
From there, the Hoyas would make nine of their final 16 attempts from the field, three more than the Orange who took the same amount of attempts.
Porter was responsible in some way for five of Georgetown's final nine connections, be it making the basket, assisting, or stealing to start the possession.
He finished atop all players by far with 33 points. The closest total to Porter was 20 points behind, attained by both Fair and Southerland, who had 13 each.
No one took as many or made as many attempts as Porter, who ended the match 12-for-19.
Porter was also the best threat from distance, taking the most tries from long range (10) and connecting most often (five times).
His closest teammate to him in scoring was freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who scored 26 less, with seven points in the contest.
Taking away Porter's performance would have left the Hoyas with seven makes from the field and a total of 24 points.
"He had a tremendous game," said Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim of Porter. "He really won the game."
On the glass, Syracuse slightly edged Georgetown, 36 to 34, with both teams looking almost identical on the offensive end (13 to 12) and defensive side (23 to 22); Syracuse held the one-rebound advantage on both ends of the court.
The Orange did not score on even one of their six offensive rebounds in the first half. They would only achieve points after a mere two of their 13 offensive boards for the game.
Georgetown did just a little bit more with their second chances, connecting four times from their 12 offensive rebounds.
"It doesn't look like we were beat that badly on the boards," Boeheim offered. "I thought there was some opportunities for us on the offensive glass that we didn't get, didn't finish, but rebounding wasn't a big factor in the game. We made some bad turnovers, and we shot 4-for-20 from the three-point line."
On a dismal and abysmal shooting night by both teams, where Syracuse made 17 of 50 and Georgetown connected on 19 of 54, what created the 11-point separation for the Hoyas to end the game was where they were making shots from and how they performed at the line. Georgetown made three more shots from long range than Syracuse, providing nine more points. At the charity stripe, they put four more tries inside the cylinder. Their performances from both the three-point and foul lines gave them a cumulative 13 points, hence a victory.
"Offensively, the games that we've lost, we have struggled shooting the basketball," Boeheim remarked. "Today is no exception."
"I thought Georgetown played a tremendous defensive game," Boeheim added, "and I thought Porter was clearly the difference in the game."
On a night where the Orange were making history and remembering a positive piece of their history, the present is what will be remembered, as Georgetown spoils a Syracuse celebration and ends the longest active home-winning streak in NCAA Division I men's basketball at 38 games.