In Mike Hopkins' coaching debut, the Orange came out flat in the first half, ultimately trailing 36-24 at halftime. Syracuse looked better in the second half, but the Hoyas lead was never in doubt.
Here are four takeaways from a Syracuse perspective:
1. Dajuan Coleman can produce for this team, he just needs opportunity -- Coming into Saturday's game, Coleman was averaging 2.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Against Georgetown, Dajuan finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. The understanding was that coach Hopkins would provide Coleman with more opportunities, and it was accurate. Expect more DC moving forward, especially with Hopkins in charge.
2. Coach Hopkins will play who he wants, not who Boeheim wants -- Although no one can prove what coach Boeheim would have done against Georgetown, it's highly unlikely he would've given both Franklin Howard and Coleman extended minutes. Hopkins admitted during his postgame press conference that he had a feeling Frank would play well due to his homecoming to the D.C. area, and he was right. Despite his good performance, he denied that Howard is ahead of Kaleb Joseph as the first guard off the bench.
3. Against physical teams, Tyler Lydon can't play center -- In the last two games, freshman Tyler Lydon has struggled. Both Wisconsin and Georgetown have physical bigs, which may be a reason for his lack of production. In the first six games, where the Orange were undefeated, Lydon averaged 11.5 points, 8.6 rebounds in 31 minutes per game. In the last two games, both losses, the 6-foot-8 freshman is averaging 5.5 points, 3 rebounds in 36.5 minutes per game. Lydon has gotten beat up on the glass and overall looks exhausted. All the early season minutes, especially in the Bahamas, may be catching up to him.
4. Michael Gbinije had an 'average' game and still led all scorers -- Senior guard Michael Gbinije's performance against the Hoyas didn't stick out until you saw the stat sheet. Gbinije led all scorers with 23 points in SU's 79-72 loss. He also added five assists and five rebounds while playing all forty minutes. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Gbinije is a top 5 player in the ACC, and top 15-20 in the nation. He doesn't receive the national exposure that he deserves, but should Gbinije keep up these impressive numbers, the country will learn his name.