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End of an era and a rivalry

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- They came by the tens of thousands, dressed in orange and blue, all hoping for the same outcome.

One fan shouted, "Let's go, baby! Beat Georgetown!"

Rooting against the Hoyas is nothing new for Orange fans. In some cases, it's a tradition passed down through the generations.

"It's sad because we grew up with Georgetown and Syracuse, and it's a pretty big rival," said Mark Slobe, a Syracuse University fan.

The rivalry between Syracuse University and Georgetown goes back decades for the founding members of the Big East. That meant a flood of memories for longtime fans as they walked into the Dome to watch them face off one last time.

"Pearl against Patrick Ewing -- that was a big moment," said Slobe.

"I think it was when Rautins was playing, Andy Rautins, and he had a big three and the whole place went berserk right off the bat," said Syracuse University fan Brandon Beirne.

In the end, Syracuse University's performance wasn't what some fans hoped.

"They didn't shoot well. I thought the defense was a little rough. I think they were slow going up and down the court, and they could've played better," said Syracuse University fan Todd Burns.

But some say just being able to be part of the last game and its record-breaking crowd of more than 35,000 made it an experience to remember.

"Unbelievable, that many people, that big of a crowd, it was unreal," said Syracuse University fan Rob Zuccaro.

And the prospect of new match-ups in the ACC had many looking toward the future.

"I think it's gonna be good, maybe a Duke, I think that will probably be our number one rival. It was a good night. I mean, what are you going to do? You can't win 'em all," said Syracuse University fan Joe Marzullo.

But many say there will never be another rivalry quite like the Orange and the Hoyas.

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