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Fizz Four: Buzzer-Beaters No. 3

Tyler Ennis’ halfcourt heave on the road against Pittsburgh kicked off the Fizz Four of the greatest buzzer-beaters in Syracuse history. That shot checked every box. The stakes were high, the chances were low and the shock was great. But one thing it missed out on is the eruption of a Dome crowd. 

Gillon Sends the Dome into a Frenzy, 2017

30,000 fans were telling John Gillon the same thing when he caught the ball with 4.4 seconds left, tied with No. 10 Duke at 75 apiece. Run! Gillon jogged to mid-court, making everyone question his awareness of the gravity of the situation. The graduate transfer only spent one year on the Hill. Between his stops in Arkansas Little Rock and Colorado State, maybe he just didn’t realize how important beating Duke was for the University, city and region. 

All of those suspicions came to an abrupt end when Gillon kicked it into fifth gear at midcourt. He banked a leaner two steps from the top of the arc. 

“My mindset was that I’m unstoppable, and I’m going to do whatever it takes for my team to win,” Gillon told ESPN after the game.

The stacked Blue Devils, with Jayson Tatum, Grayson Allen and Luke Kennard didn’t have time to escape Jim Boeheim Court before the student section swarmed. 

While Gillon’s legacy at SU is built around that shining moment, many Syracuse fans forget that this was nothing new from the 2017 Orange. That team had a flare for the dramatic in the Dome. Gillon clawed Syracuse back from down 12 points against No. 9 Virginia and defeated No. 6 Florida State. 

The shot did what the T-Shirts called for: “Beat Duke!”. But what made it so sweet was the nation’s best college basketball crowd sending the Blue Devils home. 

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