Syracuse Upsets No. 10 Duke With Deep Buzzer-Beater

Bryan Brandom
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Syracuse guard John Gillon scored a game-high 26 points in his squad's Wednesday-night victory over Duke.

Points 24, 25, and 26 all came in the final second to hand the Blue Devils a buzzer-beater defeat, 78-75.

After trailing by as much as 10 in the first half, Syracuse, coming off three consecutive losses, stormed back with 53 second-half points. At 17-12, the win over No. 10 ranked Duke likely solidified their once tenuous spot in the NCAA tournament.

"We needed this," said Gillon, a senior who previously played at Arkansas–Little Rock then Colorado State. "I've always seen myself as a guard at this level and never had the opportunity until this year. Just being able to play in this game, play against Duke, it was like a dream come true for me. I'm just glad I could play like that on that stage."

Duke was led by sophomore shooting guard Luke Kennard, who scored 23 but missed a the potential game-winner that led to Gillon's banker.

Duke freshman Jayson Tatum filled up the stat sheet, scoring 19 to go with 13 rebounds and six assists.

He also got dropped by a Gillon crossover.

Gillon said it'd been a while since he hit a game-winning buzzer-beater in organized play.

He was in fourth grade: “We got Capri Sun afterward."