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Georgetown leaves Syracuse's Carrier Dome victorious

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Georgetown leaves Syracuse's Carrier Dome victorious

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- If only Syracuse had the "Pearl" -- on the court instead of in their hearts.

On a day the Orange paid tribute to the late Dwayne "Pearl" Washington, L.J. Peak and Rodney Pryor put a damper on the day, combining for 43 points as Georgetown held off Syracuse 78-71 on Saturday.

Peak had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Pryor added 20 points to key the victory in the renewal of a once-fierce Big East rivalry, which Washington was a big part of.

"Whenever Georgetown wins in the Carrier Dome, it's a big win for the program," Hoyas coach John Thompson III said. "This rivalry, these two institutions, when you think about the Big East you think about Pearl, Patrick (Ewing) and Chris Mullin. When you come up here and it's Pearl weekend, it's like they need some extra incentive? Without a doubt, he's one of the pillars of the Big East."

Syracuse (6-4), which has struggled to form any kind of consistency so far this season, didn't find much again. Tyler Lydon was the bright spot with a career-high 29 points, missing only 1 of 13 shots, but where Washington once worked his magic, the Orange guards continued to struggle.

John Gillon had 13 points on 4-of-14 shooting in his first start of the season and Frank Howard had four points, four assists and a game-high six turnovers. Andrew White, who has started in the backcourt six times this season, had 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting in 40 minutes.

"We're just not playing well at the guard spot I don't think at all," Orange coach Jim Boeheim said. "We're making too many mistakes. We're not getting the ball in the basket from the guard spot. We haven't in any of our four losses and we've got to play better there."

Georgetown (7-4) has won five straight, the first four coming against teams from the lower echelons of Division I.

The Hoyas matched the largest lead of the game when Jonathan Mullmore drained a 3 to give Georgetown a 67-60 lead with 2:36 left. The Hoyas hung on at the end after Lydon's follow slam and baseline hook moved the Orange within 69-66 with 64 seconds left.

Georgetown has lived at the free-throw line this year and that helped the Hoyas survive this one. They were 22 of 25 from the line, nine coming in the final 38 seconds, while the Orange was 14 of 25.

It was Pearl Washington Day inside the Carrier Dome and the former Syracuse star, who died in April of cancer at age 52, was celebrated on a snowy, wintry day. Syracuse University is establishing the Pearl Washington Endowed Fund for Continuing Education and set a $1 million endowment goal. The fund will support student-athletes who leave the university and later return to pursue their degrees.

A framed photo of Washington and a piece of the basketball court were presented to Washington's family at center court during a halftime celebration. A No. 31, Washington's number at Syracuse, also was unveiled and adhered to the wooden surface at center court.

"This is a very special weekend. Very special, especially since it's the Georgetown game," said Rafael Addison, a teammate of Washington in the 1980s. "It's hard to talk about him. Pearl would be very pleased with the outpouring of love. (When the 31 peeled off) it felt like he was in the building. He loved this building. He loved this community. He had so much life, so much charisma."

White hit his first two 3-pointers as Syracuse rushed to an 11-4 lead in the first 5:08, giving the Orange the biggest lead of the first half, 11-4. The Hoyas clawed back behind Peak's 12 points in the opening period, and when Peak hit a follow shot to tie the game at 31-all in the final two minutes, it almost seemed like an Orange omen.

It wasn't.

"We need to improve, take care of business," White said. "That kind of puts a sour taste in the whole theme of the night. It happens sometimes."

Georgetown’s Dylan Nealis among local players selected in MLS Super Draft

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Georgetown’s Dylan Nealis among local players selected in MLS Super Draft

Thursday was a momentous day for many college soccer standouts particularly in the surrounding D.C. area. 

From UVa, to Georgetown, UMBC and James Madison, there were a few impressive standouts selected in the first and second rounds of the MLS Super Draft.

Here are some of the some players who were selected to new rosters:

Inter Miami CF selected Georgetown senior midfielder Dylan Nealis with the third overall pick. Nealis became the first senior in program history to pre-sign with the MLS after graduating from Georgetown in December.

Additionally, his teammate senior Achara was picked 25th overall by Toronto FC. Both seniors lead the Hoyas to their first ever NCAA Championship in a 3-3 double overtime win that resulted in the Hoyas dominating 7-6 in pentalty kicks. 

The Virginia Men’s soccer team has three players selected into the first two rounds of the draft for the first time in program history. Sophomore forward Daryl Dike, who scored ten goals this season including three in the College Cup and had eight assists, was selected 5th overall by Orlando City. 

His teammate, junior defenseman Henry Kessler was selected immediately after Dike at 6th overall by New England. Kessler had one goal this year.

Robin Afamefuna, UVa’s senior midfielder/defender was selected No.37 overall, in the second round by Colorado. This season Afamefuna has two goals and two assists. 

UMBC's senior defender Jon Bell was chosen by the San Jose Earthquakes as the 38th overall pick and the 12th of the second round.

From JMU, senior midfielder Manuel Ferriol was selected 40th overall by FC Dallas. Ferriol finished his JMU career appearing in 64 games, with 32 goals, tied for eighth on the Dukes all-time list. Ferriol even set a new single-season program record of 16 goals, 6 assists and a single-season record of 38 points. 

The third and fourth rounds will take place on January 13th. 

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Georgetown goes down to Providence without Mac McClung

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Georgetown goes down to Providence without Mac McClung

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Alpha Diallo tied his season-high with 20 points as Providence beat Georgetown 76-60 on Tuesday.

Luwane Pipkins had 14 points for Providence (8-6, 1-0 Big East Conference). A.J. Reeves added 13 points. David Duke had 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the hosts.

Providence dominated the first half and led 54-23 at the break. Both teams set season lows for scoring during the game. The Friars' 22 points in the second half were the lowest of the season for the hosts, while the 23 points in the first half for the Hoyas marked the fewest of the season for the visitors.

Omer Yurtseven had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Hoyas (10-4, 0-1), whose six-game win streak ended with the loss. Terrell Allen added 10 points. Jahvon Blair had 10 points.

Providence takes on DePaul on the road on Saturday. Georgetown matches up against Seton Hall on the road on Friday.

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