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Jonny Be Good: Syracuse's Top Freshman Leads the Orange to Victory

Marisa BevilacquaCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2016

IconLast night, cheers echoed throughout Syracuse University's Carrier Dome, cheers that were meant for one player alone: Jonny Flynn.

Although the 6-foot, 186-pound freshman scored only five points against Saint Joseph's, it was his only field goal of the evening that won the game for the Orange.

With the game tied at 68 with 5.3 seconds to go, Flynn sunk a three-point shot that sent fans into a state of frenzied excitement.

Despite his low point total, Flynn contributed greatly to the game, finishing with six assists (several to his old high school buddy Paul Harris).

Flynn's clutch performance followed a record-breaking game Monday night, in which he scored 28 points against Siena, shattering Carmelo Anthony's 2002 record for most points scored by a rookie in his debut with the Orange.

As one of the top recruits in the nation, Flynn has lived up to the hype surrounding him...so far.

But does he have what it takes to be the next Melo, and lead Syracuse to a national championship win?

Ask any Orange fan and they will most likely say yes—maybe because they can't bear the thought of missing the NCAA tournament another year, or maybe because they actually believe Flynn is that good.

Whatever the reason, one thing's for sure: All eyes will be on Flynn as the Orange continue their quest for national success.

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