Is this destiny or what?
After Talib Zanna hit two free throws to give Pittsburgh a 56-55 lead with 4.4 seconds to play, Tyler Ennis dribbled the length of the floor and launched a prayer of a three pointer.
The prayer was answered.
Ennis' shot was never in doubt, and it delivered Syracuse to a 58-56 victory, keeping Syracuse's undefeated streak alive with a 24-0 mark this season.
After Ennis nailed the incredible shot, the entire Syracuse team rushed around him at the opposite end of the floor.
Syracuse, which trailed Pittsburgh for most of its game on Wednesday night found a way to win in the game's final moments. The Orange were in come-from-behind mode most of the way, leading 8-6 at the 14:02 mark but after that Pittsburgh led the rest of the contest until Ennis made a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left.
With Syracuse center Baye Moussa Keita out for the game with a knee injury he suffered in Sunday's win over Clemson, the Orange had to find a way to play small against a tough, gritty team like the Panthers. Talib Zanna took full advantage of the paint, scoring a team high 16 points and 14 rebounds, his eighth double double of the season. Zanna also scored Pittsburgh's last six points of the game.
Lamar Patterson contributed 14 points for the Panthers but it was not enough to hand the undefeated Orange their first loss of the season. It was Pitt's first loss at home to a top five team at the Peterson Events Center.
As for Syracuse, although trailing for most of the game, Jim Boeheim put the ball in the hands of their senior forward C.J. Fair and top freshman point guard Tyler Ennis.
Syracuse showed true championship mettle, beating a difficult Pittsburgh team on the road.
f them down to give the Orange its first lead since the 14 minute mark.
The Orange will look to go 25-0 this Saturday as the North Carolina Wolfpack come into town. Tip-off is set for 3 o'clock in the Carrier Dome. The game will be televised on CW-6.