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Big plays help Syracuse earn comeback win

Syracuse's Alan Griffin makes "one of the best plays in here (Carrier Dome)" to force overtime and ultimately earn a 107-96 win over Buffalo.

Posted: Dec 20, 2020 2:45 PM

Syracuse, N.Y. - The block heard around Central New York.

With five seconds left in regulation, the game is tied at 87. Buffalo’s Jayvon Graves receives a stolen pass from Josh Mballa on a fast break, rises up to dunk the game winner but Syracuse’s Alan Griffin had other plans.

The transfer junior forward from Illinois has played just 7 games in an Orange uniform but according to head coach Jim Boeheim, Griffin’s play to save the game is "one of the best I've seen in here (Carrier Dome)."

Griffin trailed Graves from half court and when he saw Graves jump for the two-handed dunk, Griffin jumped, too and block the ball from behind with his left hand.

Play of the year? If the season were to end today, absolutely.

The ball bounces off the backboard, Quincy Guerrier grabs hold of it and takes a half-court shot right before the buzzer sounds. He misses but Griffin’s effort allotted him that opportunity.

In extra time, the Orange would go on a 14-4 run to close the game.

After trailing for 34:49 of game time and being down as much as 16 in the second half. Syracuse’s late-game effort forces overtime and they outlast Buffalo to remain undefeated at home (5-0).

Final: Buffalo 96, Syracuse 107.

Stat lines:

Guerrier: 27 points, 11 rebounds
Griffin: 24 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks
Boeheim: 22 points, 4 assists
Dolezaj: 19 points (7-9 FG), 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks
Richmond: 13 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists

The Orange improve to 6-1 on the season.

Up next, they host Notre Dame in their second ACC game and final home game of the first semester.

Tip-off is at 7:00 pm. Watch on the ACC Network.

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