Syracuse picked up its fifth straight victory on Tuesday night, thanks to a buzzer beater from Tyus Battle.
The Orange won, 82-1.
The Clemson Tigers left Battle wide open, when he put up the game-winning shot and got to play the hero role. The reason Battle was unguarded, however, is the most embarrassing part of this story.
But before we get to that, let’s admire Battle’s shot.
Now, for the reason Battle had such a clear look at the basket…
According to Clemson head coach Brad Brownell, the Tigers had no idea that Battle was even in the game, so they didn’t pay any attention to him. That ultimately cost the team a victory.
From Syracuse.com’s Chris Carlson:
Clemson coach Brad Brownell said after the game that the Tigers didn’t know Battle was in the game, although he was unsure whether the scorer’s table or his staff made a mistake.
It left Clemson center Sidy Djitte guarding Battle on the perimeter. Djitte reverted into his customary habit, coming off Battle to try to protect the lane.
“We’re in trouble because he isn’t used to guarding perimeter players that often,” Brownell said. “He leaves the shooter and we lose on a last-second shot.”