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Syracuse Defeats George Washington: Dion's Big Night

Dion Waiters had himself one heck of a birthday Saturday night.

As for that second slam, Waiters and C.J. Fair ended up sharing a nice moment afterward.

Waiters, hammered by 6-foot-8 forward David Pellom on the play, lay flat on his back, holding the pose for a few lingering moments as the Dome crowd roared. Fair, convulsed by laughter, eventually collapsed on top of Waiters with a serious case of the giggles.

"It’s just his reaction. He’s so dramatic," Fair said later, still smiling at the memory.

While Boeheim is impressed with Dion's work, he's still Boeheim went it comes to Dion's antics.

"I’ve never been a big believer in dunk contests," Boeheim said. "They don’t do much for me. Guys who can’t play at all can dunk. His defense is better and that’s a great thing. That’s the biggest change he’s made from last year. And that leads to some of his offense. It’s a big key for him."

"Coach won’t ever tell you that, but you gotta sit next to him during the game," he said. "Somebody go up there and do a crazy dunk, he’ll say something under his breath. That’s just Coach. I’m pretty sure he was happy."

Kris Joseph said after the game that Dion "has the utmost confidence in himself. You don’t gotta tell Dion he’s good. He knows it." Can you tell that to everyone on Twitter then?

From the Carrier Dome Press Room, The Post-Standard Syracuse University Basketball Writer Mike Waters talks about SU's win over George Washington, SU's next opponent N.C State and SU's spot in the polls after Saturday. Video by Frank Ordonez / The Post-Standard.

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