Duke vs. Syracuse: John Gillon's buzzer-beater lifts Orange past Blue Devils
John Gillon's buzzer-beater helped Syracuse defeat Duke at home 78-75 on Wednesday night.
On the final seconds, Gillon pulled up a three-pointer that made it just as the buzzer sounded off. The win breaks Syracuse's three-game losing streak, as the Orange had prior not win since Feb. 7. The Orange are now (17-12, 8-7 ACC) and face Louisville on the road on Sunday.
The Blue Devils (22-6, 10-5) were led by Jayson Tatum who scored 19 points, while picking up 13 reboubds and six assits. Duke plays Miami (FL) on the road next.
In desperate need of a victory after dropping from the upper-tier of the ACC following three straight losses, Syracuse (16-12 overall, 8-7) hosts No. 10 Duke (22-5, 10-4) on Wednesday. After a rough patch in the middle of January, the Blue Devils are flying high as winners of their last seven games. Before the Orange’s current three-game slide, they had won five straight.
Players to watch
Nearly automatic at the free throw line (85.3 percent), Duke guard Luke Kennard averages a team-high 20 points per game. He is shooting 45.5 percent from deep and 52.3 percent overall.
As one of two Orange players to start every game this season, Andrew White III leads Syracuse in scoring at 17.9 points per game and has racked up a team-high 46 steals.
Duke is one of three major-conference teams with three players averaging at least 15.0 points per game (Kennard, Jayson Tatum, Grayson Allen).
Syracuse swingman Tyler Lydon is averaging 13.6 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game while connecting on 41.2 percent of his 3-pointers.
Duke leads the ACC with an average of 9.3 made 3-pointers per game in league play and is shooting 44.7 percent from deep during its seven-game winning streak.
John Gillon has handed out 150 total assists against just 57 turnovers for the Orange.
Tatum is averaging 18.8 points per game in Duke’s last four contests while shooting 48.9 percent from the floor, 57.1 percent from deep during the span.
Duke’s top three free-throw shooters based on total makes are shooting a combined 84.1 percent from the stripe.