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Orange defeat Gophers 75-67

The SU men's basketball team was led by senior forward CJ Fair who scored 16 points and posted 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Trevor Cooney pitched in during the win with 15 points and 2 steals.
Maui, HI (SportsNetwork.com) - C.J. Fair was bloodied but unbowed, scoring 16 points Monday to lead No. 8 Syracuse over Minnesota 75-67 in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.

Fair was hit across the face on a dunk late in the first half and played much of the game with a bandage below his right eye.

Trevor Cooney had 15 points and Jerami Grant and Tyler Ennis scored 12 apiece for the Orange (5-0), who will play California in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Syracuse, which had a week off after squeaking past St. Francis (N.Y.) last Monday, has won its first five games for the sixth straight season.

Malik Smith had 16 points to lead Minnesota (5-1), Andre Hollins scored 14 and Austin Hollins had 11. The Golden Gophers, who were trying to go 6-0 for the third time in four seasons, will face Arkansas on Thursday.
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