Coming off an emotional win at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse puts its 14-game home winning streak on the line as it hosts Big East rival Georgetown.
The 19th-ranked Orangemen (14-3, 5-2 Big East), who are 12-0 at home this season with three of those wins coming against conference opponents, stunned second-ranked Pittsburgh 67-65 on Saturday.
Backup center Jeremy McNeil hit two free throws to tie the game with 46.9 seconds left, then converted his only field-goal attempt of the game with three seconds to go, lifting Syracuse to its 14th straight home win.
McNeil, the backup to Craig Forth at center, had been 4-of-14 from the free-throw line this season prior to his two clutch shots on Saturday.
“I was feeling pressure, oh yeah,” said McNeil, who averages 4.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. “I was scared to death. I’m just glad we won. This game was a team effort. My four points at the end wouldn’t have mattered if not for them.”
Hakim Warrick led Syracuse with 20 points and Carmelo Anthony added 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Orangemen freshman Gerry McNamara struggled through another tough shooting night, scoring nine points on 3-of-11 shooting.
McNamara is averaging eight points per game on 26.7 percent (8-of-30) over the last three games. The Syracuse point guard is 2-of-19 from 3-point range over that stretch.
The Hoyas (10-7, 2-5) have dropped five of their last six and are 0-5 on the road this year.
Georgetown played tough in its last game before suffering a 93-92 double-overtime loss to No. 11 Notre Dame on Saturday.
The Hoyas had chances to beat Notre Dame but couldn’t pull it out.
“We made a lot of mental errors at the end of the game, which we need to correct,” said Michael Sweetney, who had a career-high 38 points and 15 rebounds.
“We can’t keep talking about it. We need to start doing it because it’s getting toward the end and we need as many wins as possible.”
Sweetney, a 6-foot-8 forward, leads Georgetown with averages of 22.2 points and 9.9 rebounds a game.
The Hoyas have won three straight and four of their last five meetings with the Orangemen.