It was not easy, and it certainly was not always pretty. Especially for stretches defensively. But the only thing that matters at the end of the day is getting the win. That Syracuse did on a dramatic buzzer-beating three-pointer by freshman Tyus Battle to knock off the Clemson Tigers in South Carolina on Tuesday.
After a Donte Grantham jumper gave Clemson a two point lead with seven seconds to go, Syracuse had one final possession. John Gillon took the inbounds pass and sprinted past half-court. He handed off to Tyler Lydon at the top of the key, and Lydon immediately drove into the lane.
As the Tigers' defense collapsed around him, Lydon kicked the ball to the corner where a wide open Battle waited patiently. Battle caught the ball, pulled up for three, and drilled the shot as the buzzer sounds.
The Orange players and coaches stormed the court, celebrating yet another victory in the closing moments. The win moves Syracuse to 16-9 overall and 8-4 in ACC play. It is their fifth straight win overall and second straight on the road.
Even more amazing about that Battle winner was that he was just 1-6 with three points prior to that shot.
Despite Clemson shooting 54% from the floor and 41% from beyond the arc, Syracuse found a way to pull off a victory. Syracuse won the battle of the boards 33-24. Andrew White led SU with a game-high 23 points. Lydon added 17 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Gillon contributed 13 points and eight assists without turning the ball over.
Tyler Roberson was strong off the bench with six points and seven rebounds.
Want to hear Voice of the Orange Matt Park's call of the final play? You can listen below.