Syracuse Orange freshman forward Jerami Grant got his first experience playing up against the team's long-standing archrival, the Georgetown Hoyas, in the past match for the Orange. Coming off of that loss, Grant gives his take on the match. "It was definitely a tough game," said Grant. "Otto Porter came up hot and he stayed hot the whole game. We just had a hard finding 'em." Porter finished 20 points above any Orange player with 33, accounting for more than half of the Hoyas' total of 57.
"Closing out on shooters, that was probably one of our toughest parts in the game," Grant stated. "I feel like if we did that, we'd be alright."
Keeping with shooting, Grant and the Orange had a trying outing, making a mere 17 of their 50 attempts from the field. Grant was 0-for-1.
"We just gotta learn from our own mistakes," Grant expressed. "We had an off-game shooting-wise. Brandon [Triche] didn't shoot the ball well (4-for-13). A lot of us really didn't shoot the ball well. So, we just gotta come back and stay confident throughout the next games."
Despite grabbing more than 10 rebounds on the offensive end versus the Hoyas, Grant felt that the Orange were uncharacteristic of themselves on the glass. "It was just frustrating not being able to rebound as well as we usually do, offensive rebounding and things like that," Grant remarked.
Though young to the rivalry as a player, Grant understands the magnitude of losing to Georgetown. "This is definitely a big game," Grant shared. "This definitely hurts our confidence a little bit, playing in front of the most fans we ever had and playing against our rivals, Georgetown. So, it's definitely a tough loss, but we can definitely learn from it."
As to what Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim discussed with the team after the loss, Grant said little. "Nothing really," Grant offered. "He just told us how we played and what we need to work on."
Grant and the Orange will have another opportunity to gain a victory against Georgetown when they travel to D.C. for their final regular season game on Saturday, March 9th. When asked if their most recent loss makes him want a win on the road against the Hoyas even more, Grant stated, "Definitely. This definitely gives us even more fuel. Even though they're our rivals already, definitely losing to somebody, you always wanna come out and play 'em again and win the game."
Looking ahead, Grant remarked, "We just gotta come out...practice hard, work out hard, and just know we have a lot of things that we need to work on."