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Syracuse loses center Dajuan Coleman to season ending surgery

Dajuan Coleman plays interior defense
Dajuan Coleman plays interior defense
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The (18-0) Syracuse Orange lost sophomore center Dajuan Coleman for the season on Monday. According to Syracuse.com, Coleman will undergo surgery to repair a leg injury that he sustained during a game against Villanova.

Dajuan Coleman started the first 12 games of the season, but he has only played three minutes since the start of 2014. Those minutes came in a 20 point victory over Virginia Tech.

While Syracuse hasn’t lost a game on the court this season, Coleman’s presence was sorely missed against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Syracuse was outrebounded and gave up way too many second chance points in the five point win.

Dajuan Coleman also had his freshman season curtailed due to a MCL injury last season. He averaged 4.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in his limited action.

Jerami Grant has started in his place of Coleman and he has averaged 12.5 points per game this year. Now Syracuse must find some more scoring off the bench with Coleman out for the rest of the season.

Here’s an excerpt via Syracuse.com- “This is a tremendous disappointment, especially considering the amount of hard work DaJuan has been putting in with our basketball team," said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. "We will certainly miss his contributions.

Earlier in the day, the AP poll ranked Syracuse number two in the nation for the seventh straight week.

The Orange visit Miami on Saturday. In their first meeting, Syracuse came from behind to beat the Hurricanes by five points.

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