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The Associated Press | November 28, 2015

Syracuse fan gets popped the question at game

  Killian Hartough gets a yes from Kiri Fabela -- and Syracuse won the game.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A tournament victory for the Syracuse basketball team turned into a win-win for two of its fans: They got engaged at the big game.

Killian Hartough stunned girlfriend Kiri Fabela by proposing during a timeout at Friday night's Battle 4 Atlantis championship game in Paradise Island, Bahamas, The Post-Standard (http://bit.ly/1TjlvGo) of Syracuse reported. She burst into tears and nodded yes, as the crowd cheered.

"I had no idea," she said. "How did you do this?"

Here's the video of the surprise engagement:

Hartough had some help from tournament officials, who made him the winner of a daily fan contest. That put Hartough, Fabela and her two sons, 9 and 6, on special courtside sofas, where photographers could easily capture the moment.

Fabela and Hartough met in Oregon while he was in the Coast Guard. The two now live in North Syracuse, New York, where Fabela recently moved to be closer to Hartough.

He'd been planning to propose for over a year, the Post-Standard reported.

Meanwhile, it also turned into a big night for Syracuse, which beat No. 25 Texas A&M, 74-67.

The game was tight throughout the second half and featured nine ties and 12 lead changes. But the Orange (6-0) outscored the Aggies (6-1) 13-6 over the final 5:38.

Launched in 2010, the three-day Battle 4 Atlantis tournament has quickly become one of the premiere early-season events in college basketball.

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