McNeil's follow came after freshman Gerry McNamara missed a layup for Syracuse (14-3, 5-2 Big East West). The Panthers inbounded immediately to freshman Carl Krauser, who fumbled the ball and called a timeout with one second to go.
But the clock ran out at the Carrier Dome and hundreds of fans ran onto the court to celebrate the victory. The officials finally restored order and eight-tenths of a second were put on the clock.
Pittsburgh (15-2, 5-1) inbounded to Brandin Knight beyond halfcourt. Knight was forced into a pump-fake by freshman Carmelo Anthony before he made a three-pointer from more than 40 feet away.
The fans again rushed the court, but the officials wanted to review the final shot to see if it came before the buzzer. Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim even made an announcement on the public-address system, telling fans to get off the court.
Although many lingered on the playing surface, the officials correctly ruled that Knight's shot came after the buzzer. That set off another rush by the fans as Pittsburgh players tried to exit.
The Panthers had a six-game winning streak snapped.