This Vicious Louisville Alley-Oop Was So Crazy That Even Syracuse’s Bench Was Impressed

Game recognize game, which is why even the Syracuse Orange bench appreciated this Donovan Mitchell alley-oop.

The Louisville sophomore threw down a vicious alley-oop during an ACC showdown at the Carrier Dome on Monday night.

Mitchell finished a deft pass from Quintin Snyder, who came off a high screen above the arc to find the 6’3 guard wide open to the left of the hoop. Two Syracuse defenders watched helplessly as Mitchell reached back with his right hand to throw the alley-oop home.

Check out the reaction of the Syracuse bench, who is not supposed to be in favor of such things.

Sometimes as a sports fan you see things so cool you forget that you’re not rooting for them to happen. It’s nice to see that it can even happen if you’re playing as an athlete.

The dunk halted an 8-0 Syracuse run that had turned a 9-point Louisville lead into a 38-37 advantage with 13:37 left in the second half. From there the game actually turned into a fight to the finish. Louisville took a 7-point lead into the game’s final two minutes only to see it slip away in chilly central New York. Mitchell fouled out, however, finishing with 16 points.

Louisville did pull away in the extra session to win, 76-72, in overtime.

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