Every Monday, the ACC announces its weekly awards. For the first time this season, a Syracuse player was named player of the week. That would be point guard John Gillon, thanks in large part to his 43-point outing against NC State. NC State's Dennis Smith was named freshman of the week.
From the ACC release on Gillon:
In two Syracuse wins, Gillon averaged 24.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.0 steal and 40.5 minutes played. That included a PNC Arena-record 43 points in last Wednesday night’s road win at NC State. The grad student from Houston tied for the fourth-best single-game scoring total in Syracuse history. His nine 3-pointers also tied a school record and established a PNC Arena Record. Gillon scored 20 consecutive Syracuse points at the end of the second half, including a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left to send the game into overtime. He also had nine assists.
Gillon then played 37 minutes in Syracuse's 66-62 upset of No. 9 Virginia on Saturday. He had six points, two rebounds, four assists and two steals. His basket in the final minute of play helped secure the victory. For the week, he shot .684 from the floor (13-for-19), 9-for-11 on 3-point field goals tries and converted all 14 attempts at the foul line.