The Canadian Closer

Tyler Ennis did it to Pittsburgh again. This time, in the form of a buzzer beater from just inside half-court to preserve the Orange's perfect season.

Tyler Ennis' box score doesn't look like anything special. 13 points on 3-7 shooting, five assists and two turnovers. Another ho-hum, semi-bland statistical night from Syracuse's true freshman point guard. But once again, when it mattered most, he carried Syracuse to victory.

It was déjà vu all over again for Pittsburgh, who for the second time this season had the Orange on the ropes. They had control of the game and were about to pick up a signature win. Then, the Canadian Closer did his thing.

In the Carrier Dome, Ennis had two layups in the final 2:12, and two free-throws to lead the Orange to victory. At the Petersen Event Center on Wednesday night, he hit a game winning, off-balance three pointer from just inside half-court perfectly symbolizes this season for both Ennis and Syracuse.

Whenever the Orange have needed an answer, Ennis has responded. In late game situations, he may be the most clutch player in the country. He becomes more aggressive, he makes great decisions and always makes the right plays down the stretch.

The Orange bench erupted as the ball swished through the net. Jim Boeheim jumped with jubilation, extending his hands as high into the air as his smile was wide. A rare switch from the usual grumpy demeanor for the hall-of-fame coach.

What a shot. What a season so far for the true freshman. What a moment to give Syracuse their longest winning streak in school history.


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