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Syracuse’s Elijah Hughes launches improbable shot to end first half (Video)


One player just gave us the highlight of the century during the Syracuse Orange-Duke Blue Devils game Monday night and it wasn’t Zion Williamson.

Allison Case

We love to watch Zion Williamson put on a show in the paint. But when it comes to the opposite side of the court, we’ll leave those shots to Elijah Hughes.

The Syracuse University junior transfer from East Carolina University got the ball with just about two seconds left in the first half with his team down by four.

Run out the clock? That’s for amateurs. Nope, Hughes went for the last-second heave and sunk the shot.

Just…wow. Of all the talents that Zion Williamson possesses on the court, I’m pretty sure that he can’t accurately launch a 75-foot shot. Or maybe he can. Your move, Zion.

Perhaps what was most impressive is the fact that Hughes was injured a few minutes earlier, going up for a layup and landing hard on his head under the basket. What looked like a definite concussion clearly didn’t stop him from returning to the court and putting up what will likely be the shot of the season for Syracuse.

Cuse entered Cameron Indoor Stadium coming off their most embarrassing loss of the season to Georgia Tech at the Carrier Dome. In that contest, Hughes put up 12 points from much shorter range.

So far the Syracuse basketball season has been slightly underwhelming, especially considering their football team stunned with a 10-3 record and a Camping World Bowl trophy.

The basketball team may boast exciting wins over Georgetown and Notre Dame but they also have lost some heartbreakers to the University of Buffalo and Old Dominion University.

Every single game against Duke brings out a whole new attitude in the Syracuse Orange and hopefully a solid performance Monday night will be that step in the right direction.

Besides, they now have the only guy this season to stun the Cameron Crazies into silence. And we all know how difficult that task is.

Allison is just a girl with an enormous passion for the game of baseball and the written word. Based in Upstate New York, her life-long relationship with the New York Yankees is something that she developed through close relationships with her mother and grandfather. An aspiring sports writer, she graduated with a journalism degree and is finding places to share her excitement about the sporting world and how it affects us all.