Fair, Syracuse down Minnesota

Updated: November 25, 2013

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.