A shot from beyond half court that found the net as the buzzer sounded. The reduced suspension of a starter that could allow him back on the court soon. A huge road win, and a school record for 3-pointers matched.
Needless to say, it was an event-filled eight days for the Syracuse University men's basketball team, who still managed to work its way to a 12-1 record and keep itself in the top 20 of both the AP and USA Today rankings with Big East play looming.
The wild ride began on Dec. 15, two days after SU concluded a long break by beating Long Beach State. Cleveland State pulled off a shocker, defeating the Orange 72-69.
How could the unimaginable happen? All it took was an inbounds pass with 2.2 seconds from senior guard J'Nathan Bullock and a miracle two-handed shot launched by Cedric Jackson from nearly 70 feet away. The ball traveled coast to coast like dialing in a long distance phone call and swished into the net.
"I was at a loss for words after the play happened" said Jackson." I could believe it. It was like watching movie, but when I saw the replay I realized that we had won the game."
"I told my coaches we were heading for overtime," said Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters. "I did not expect that to happen. Nobody in the house expected that to happen. The gods were smiling on us this evening."
All night long, the teams went back and forth, swapping the lead as SU missed multiple baskets in transition and got with too many turnovers which allowed the Vikings multiple scoring opportunities.
In the second half alone, there were 16 ties and 15 lead changes, but it looked like Cleveland State was in control, up 69-64 with less than 30 seconds left.