Georgetown-Syracuse wasn’t just a basketball rivalry. It used to be the basketball rivalry. Towering coaches Jim Boeheim and John Thompson stalked the sidelines. Legendary players such as Patrick Ewing and Pearl Washington made their mark in Madison Square Garden every March. 1992 Big East Tournament Championship flashback Syracuse vs Georgetown Dave Johnson with the game winner. cc: @vintagesportstv pic.twitter.com/jkEOSuwk5i— Big East Hoops 24/7 (@BigEastTourney) March 19, 2017Aftermath Mourning was named the Big East tournament MVP despite playing on the losing team. The Hoyas lost 78-68 to Florida State in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Syracuse lost 77-71 to UMass — led by fourth-year coach John Calipari — in the second round. The Big East rivals never met again in the championship game. Syracuse beat Georgetown 58-55 in their final Big East tournament meeting in 2013. This game is hard to find on YouTube, and it’s one we’d like to watch. We would love to see it again. The Hoyas and Orange combined to win seven of the 10 Big East tournaments in the 1980s. There was a wrinkle to that rivalry, however, heading into their fifth head-to-head Big East championship match on March 15, 1992. Syracuse had never beat Georgetown in the Big East final. The Hoyas were 4-0 against Syracuse at that point, with victories in 1980, 1984, 1987 and 1989. That set up their final Big East championship in 1992. Buildup Georgetown — led by future NBA star Alonzo Mourning — was the No. 2 seed in the Big East tournament. The Hoyas beat Miami and St. John’s to reach the championship game. Led by Dave Johnson and Lawrence Moten, Syracuse beat Villanova and upset No. 1 seed Seton Hall in the semifinals. The Hoyas and Orange split two regular-season meetings. ‘Go out and try to create’ The teams played a typical-defensive game and were knotted at 54 when Dave Johnson spun into the lane and lofted a jumper over Mourning with 3.8 seconds left. “Coach [Jim Boeheim] said go out and try to create,” Johnson said via the Washington Post. “I wanted it. It was my last Big East game, and there’s a lot of prestige in winning this tournament.” Robert Churchwell’s desperation 3-pointer didn’t fall, and Syracuse had its first head-to-head victory against Georgetown in the Big East championship game.
DES MOINES — The Iowa General Assembly gavels back into session on Monday. J. D. Davis of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry says his organization will continue to support workforce development, but on an even more focused basis. “Where we’ve had the big push is to try to figure out how to do that. Now we’re finding, okay, in this part of the state, we’ve experienced a problem with childcare. People want to work, but it’s expensive and it’s rare to get child care. How do we solve that? Problems with housing for workers. Our members are telling us they could be more successful if they had more people. It’s a wonderful problem to be working on.” Nicole Crain of the Iowa ABI notes how important it is for voters to connect with their representatives during a legislative session. “We can’t stress enough the importance of contacting your legislator, whether you are the general public or a business owner, and also keeping them engaged and letting them know what’s important to you as their constituent. It’s always important for those individuals who are back home in the district to share their priorities with their legislator, because that’s really how legislation gets pushed forward, and how it gets to the governor’s desk, and ultimately signed and put into law.” You can hear more from Davis and Crain about the upcoming legislative session on the “Iowa Business Report”, which airs on Sunday morning at 7:06 on AM-1300 KGLO.