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Michael Carter-Williams’ soaring jam highlights Syracuse’s comeback win

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

Michael Carter-Williams, college basketball's leader in assists per game this season, has spent the past few months hurting opposing defenses by knifing into the lane and setting up opportunities for his teammates.

On Monday, the Syracuse point guard showed he has no trouble finishing things himself either.

In the first half of Syracuse's 57-55 victory over No. 21 Cincinnati, Carter-Williams blew by Cashmere Wright off the dribble, found a lane to the rim and delivered a soaring one-handed jam that had social media buzzing. Carter-Williams had so much momentum as he attacked the rim that late-arriving 6-foot-10 Cheikh Mbodj thought better of trying to step in to take a charge, instead recoiling out of the way in an example of olé defense at its finest.

Even though Carter-Williams' dunk will probably make SportsCenter's Top 10 later Monday evening, it probably wasn't his most significant shot of the night. The sophomore buried a step-back 3-pointer with 1:11 remaining to tie the score at 55 after Cincinnati had twice led by as many as seven earlier in the second half.

C.J. Fair won the game for Syracuse on the following possession with the go-ahead tip-in of Jerami Grant's missed layup with 19.4 seconds left. Cincinnati had a chance to tie it on its final possession but a potential game-winning 3-pointer from Wright clanged harmlessly off the rim.

Carter-Williams finished with 16 points, seven assists and three turnovers. It was a brilliant follow-up to his game-ending heroics two nights earlier in Syracuse's upset of then-top-ranked Louisville.

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