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Fair, Ennis struggle during narrow win over St. Francis By Stephen Bailey and David Wilson THE DAILY ORANGE
It was one of those days for C.J. Fair. The jump shots that normally go down didn’t fall. His drives to the rim were out of control. St. Francis decided to faceguard the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason Player of the Year and neutralize Syracuse’s most potent threat. “They basically guarded me 94 feet,” the forward said. “It was tough because I couldn’t really find a rhythm, so once I didn’t have a rhythm and then they’re playing that kind of defense I couldn’t get going.” Fair scored just seven points of 2-of-13 shooting in the No. 9 Orange’s (4-0) 56-50 win over St. Francis (N.Y.) in front of 23,117 in the Carrier Dome on Monday. The Terriers (2-2) rotated a handful of defenders on Fair, mixing up smaller guards and lengthier forwards, but the common thread was the style in which they marked the star. They stayed in his face and tried to deny him the ball — something Fair hadn’t seen since SU traveled to face Carleton University in Canada this summer. “They faceguarded C.J.,” Boeheim said. “They made it hard for him to get anything but tough shots the whole night.” He turned the ball over on Syracuse’s second and third possessions and missed a typically automatic mid-range jumper on the fifth. He grabbed boards, six in all, but the Orange’s most reliable scoring threat struggled to enter the points column. But even without the forward’s usual contributions SU was able to escape with a win. And when the game was close at the end, Fair was still there to remedy one of Syracuse’s greatest concerns: free throws. His freebie with 2:39 remaining pulled the Orange within two. The pair he sunk just more than two minutes later iced SU’s 56-50 victory.
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“I’m not going to have my best game every night,” Fair said, “so this is one of those games where I can improve a lot and since we won I’m glad I had this type of game early where I can improve on because I can expect other teams to play me the same way.” Jim Boeheim saw a new Tyler Ennis on Monday. One he hadn’t seen before in Syracuse’s first three games or two preseason exhibitions this season, its four-game Canada tour in August or even in practice at all since he arrived this summer. Boeheim saw Ennis make bad decisions. “I think Tyler really struggled tonight,” Boeheim said. “Before he was just playing and making the play. Now he’s thinking that I’m going to go and shoot, and it wasn’t there.” Ennis made just 1-of-8 shots in No. 9 Syracuse’s narrow 56-50 win over St. Francis (N.Y.) on Monday. He missed his only 3-pointer as well as two crucial free throws with the game tied and 7:40 left on the clock. The same point guard who was widely described as the anti-freshman showed he still has some growing to do. “He has not made those plays, at all, in practice or this summer,” Boeheim said. “Now he’s doing things that you would expect a freshman to do.” Still, despite his struggles through the majority of the game, Ennis delivered one of SU’s bigger baskets with a layup that tied the game at 40-40 1:49 prior to his missed foul shots. And C.J. Fair, who shot just 2-of-13 himself, said Ennis’ shot selection wasn’t bad. He just missed a lot of shots he usually made. “He was attacking the rim,” Fair said. “He’s missing some shots he’d normally finished, but that goes with just getting your feet under you and just connecting the plays.”
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He was immediately placed in an ambulance and taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where his mother and sister watched over him, The Post-Standard reported on Sunday.
Whigham’s status for the remainder of the 2013 football season “will be evaluated,” according to the report. Syracuse (5-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) needs to win one of its final two games against Pittsburgh (5-5, 2-4) or Boston College (6-4, 3-3) to become bowl eligible for the second consecutive season.
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