John Gillon's game-winner propels Syracuse past Duke as the Carrier Dome explodes (Highlights) 1
Feb 22, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard John Gillon (4) takes the game winning shot in the final moments of the game against the Duke Blue Devils at the Carrier Dome. The Orange won 78-75. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

John Gillon not only helped Syracuse beat Duke at the buzzer, he allowed the Carrier Dome to explode in full celebratory fashion.

  • Syracuse Orange 78 (17-12, 9-7)
  • Duke Blue Devils 75 (22-6, 10-5)
  • NCAA, Final, Box Score
  • Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY

All it took was one miraculous shot for the Syracuse Orange and all its supporters to explode. And boy, what a shot it was:

Feb 22, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange fans celebrate on the court following the game against the Duke Blue Devils at the Carrier Dome. The Orange won 78-75. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse’s John Gillon played the hero role as he took the ball past halfcourt and rose up against three Duke defenders. Sure, it banked in, but from the range, as long as it finds its way through the rim, mayhem should ensue.


The senior, Gillon, not only hit the big one, but he led all scorers with 26 points in the contest (9-14 from the floor). He also chipped in with six assists and two boards. Freshman Tyus Battle helped the cause with 18 points of his own.

For the Dukies, Luke Kennard paced Coach K’s offense with 23 points. The much discussed Grayson Allen struggled for much of the day, shooting just 2-for-11 and finished with just eight points.

For the Orange, their nine-point second-half comeback win will loom large when the committee takes a look at the at-large tourney bids.

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