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Syracuse’s John Gillon named ACC Player of the Week after 43-point performance

What a week for the fifth-year graduate transfer.

NCAA Basketball: Virginia at Syracuse
Syracuse Orange guard John Gillon (4) celebrates following the game against the Virginia Cavaliers at the Carrier Dome. The Orange won 66-62.
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As if Syracuse Orange point guard John Gillon’s week could get any better.

On Monday, Gillon was named the ACC Player of the Week after scoring a career-high 43 points against North Carolina State on Wednesday.

Gillon played 44 of a possible 45 minutes on Wednesday, and went 9-of-10 from behind the arc. He also was a perfect 14-for-14 from the free-throw line.

The Orange, now 15-9 on the season, overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to keep its current four-game winning streak alive. Syracuse also knocked off No. 9 Virginia on Saturday as Jim Boeheim earned his 1,000th career victory.

The ACC press release reads:

In two Syracuse wins, Gillon averaged 24.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.0 steal and 40.5 minutes played. That included a PNC Arena-record 43 points in last Wednesday night’s road win at NC State. The grad student from Houston tied for the fourth-best single-game scoring total in Syracuse history. His nine 3-pointers also tied a school record and established a PNC Arena Record. Gillon scored 20 consecutive Syracuse points at the end of the second half, including a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left to send the game into overtime. He also had nine assists.

Gillon then played 37 minutes in Syracuse's 66-62 upset of No. 9 Virginia on Saturday. He had six points, two rebounds, four assists and two steals. His basket in the final minute of play helped secure the victory. For the week, he shot .684 from the floor (13-for-19), 9-for-11 on 3-point field goals tries and converted all 14 attempts at the foul line.

Congrats to John on the honor!

The Orange travel to Clemson to face the 13-9 Tigers on Tuesday night.