C.J. Fair Gets Bloodied, Notches Double-Double in Win
No foul was called on Minnesota’s Austin Hollins on this play where he appeared to rake Syracuse’s C.J. Fair across the face — leaving him bloodied in a Maui Invitational quarterfinal.
“I forgot who passed me the ball, but I cut down a lane and I went up for the dunk, and I felt like I hit my face,” Fair said after No. 8 Syracuse won, 75-67 . “Then as I came down I seen blood on my hand, and then from there I knew it was something bad.”
Fair stayed in the game and finished with his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, the gash on Fair’s face was swollen and covered with a gauzy bandage after the game. He was due to get stitches today.
“That was like a football game,” Trina Bennett, Fair’s mother, told the Post-Standard
Redshirt sophomore Trevor Cooney contributed 15 points on 5-of-11 from long distance. Jerami Grant and Tyler Ennis also reached double-figures with 12 points apiece. Ennis added game-bests of five steals and five assists.
Syracuse (5-0) will face Cal in one semifinal today, while Baylor meets Dayton in the other.
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