Zion Williamson returned for Duke in Thursday night’s ACC quarterfinal game against Syracuse and he quickly got back to doing Zion Williamson things.

He finished a perfect 13-for-13 from the floor while leading Duke to a 84-72 win. Zion finished with 29 points, 15 rebounds and five steals.

So yeah, he was back to being a dominant player. And Duke suddenly looked like a very good Duke team again.

But early in the first half it sure did seem like Syracuse star Frank Howard tried to trip Zion after he threw down a big dunk on a power move.

Check it out for yourself:

Syracuse’s Frank Howard appeared to attempt to trip Zion Williamson early in the first half. pic.twitter.com/aNUUebKMXH

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 15, 2019

Seemed like he did that on purpose, yeah?

Howard, however, said afterward that he wasn’t trying to trip him:

Frank on Zion: I was just shown the video. I’m not going to wait 4 years to get to this position to trip somebody. Said he has a lot of respect for Zion.

— Donna Ditota (@DonnaDitota1) March 15, 2019

But man, it sure did look like he tried to trip Zion. Twitter thought so, too:

This dude really just tried to trip Zion, smh. pic.twitter.com/MObQeIFdP2

— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) March 15, 2019

Syracuse’s Frank Howard should be suspended for a game. Should’ve been ejected. Boeheim should suspend him if NCAA doesn’t. Terrible cheap shot (trying to trip Zion) on a player who just returned from a leg injury. Horrible!

— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) March 15, 2019

Of COURSE Zion “wants to play.” This isn’t about his desire to return or his make-up as a basketball player. This is about making the right choice for his future. He had another warning tonight with the trip that could’ve gone really badly.

— Jason Smith (@howaboutafresca) March 15, 2019

Yikes, Frank Howard tried to trip Zion Williamson. pic.twitter.com/eTaGas0tFM

— Highlights on Loop (@LoopedReplay) March 15, 2019

Syracuse star Frank Howard sticks out foot trying to trip Zion. Probably worth a suspension for a half if Syracuse wins. Also, CBS/NCAA do NOT want this crap pic.twitter.com/vkrPUQ2n7b

— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) March 15, 2019

Oh wow good catch by ESPN.

Frank Howard tries to trip Zion after his dunk earlier in the 1st half. pic.twitter.com/TXQVePlKM5

— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_) March 15, 2019

Syracuse getting a lot of production from the player who should’ve been ejected for trying to trip Zion

— Duke Better (@DukeBetter) March 15, 2019

Syracuse’s Frank Howard channeling his inner Grayson Allen to try to stop Zion. pic.twitter.com/O6Gp958upD

— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) March 15, 2019

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