Assistant coach Mike Hopkins called C.J. Fair's performance in Sunday's win over Florida State his "most efficient game of the year." Fair has tried to pick up the scoring load for Syracuse with Jerami Grant nursing a bad back. But with Grant back to action, Fair was able to resume his more comfortable role.
Fair scored 22 points on just 13 shots, hitting nine of those attempts. He added 7 rebounds, four steals, two assists and a block as he controlled the game throughout. The shot distribution was exactly what Syracuse looks for on a game-by-game basis.
That balanced attack makes Syracuse much more difficult to defend, and allows Fair to let the game come to him. He did not have to force his offensive game, as he did in Grant's absence. He simply took what was given and made the Seminoles pay nearly every time he launched a shot.
Adding to his efficient play was making both of his attempts from beyond the arc. He was strong defensively and a force on the boards. Fair played physical, loose and created his own shot better than at any point during his four year career.
Syracuse's senior leader is stepping his game up at the right time. His contributions defensively are key as the Orange look to turn up the pressure within the zone heading into postseason play.
Fair deflected passes, protected the baseline and hit the boards hard. It was a spectacularly efficient performance in a much needed win for the Orange.