Georgetown-Syracuse: A Rivalry for the Ages


John Thompson III recalls sitting at the family dinner table and listening to the radio broadcast as Georgetown mounted the furious comeback that toppled second-ranked Syracuse, 52-50, nearly 30 years ago.

Just as vivid are his father's notorious words that touched off the rivalry that has raged since.

Grabbing a microphone, Coach John Thompson declared after his Hoyas snapped Syracuse's 57-game home winning streak: "Manley Field House is officially closed."

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