WASHINGTON - There is not a better way to suck the momentum away from an opponent before halftime than an emphatic run and a buzzer-beater.
Georgetown did just that to Syracuse to finish the opening half of their contest.
An 11-0 run allowed the Hoyas to open up the score for the first time in their rivalry matchup. The Hoyas then held the Orange without a basket for over a four-minute stretch to end the half. Turnovers by Syracuse, transition baskets for Georgetown had everything going the way for the Hoyas.
Finally, the Orange's best-scorer ended the dry spell. Elijah Hughes hit a mid-range jumper to save the Orange from a heart-breaking end of the half. It was two of his 18 points in the opening 20 minutes.
Then Mac McClung answered the bell at the horn.
Right up the court without hesitation. McClung had 21 to lead all scorers. The Hoyas were on top 48-36 on a 14-2 run.
Since the Hoyas lost their starting point guard James Akinjo, McClung has been the answer for Georgetown. He's averaged 26 points in the two games since Akinjo announced his intention to transfer -- which included a season-high 33 against Oklahoma State.
Georgetown would go on to win the game 89-79 and McClung would finish with 26 points.
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