Syracuse plays without Grant in second half

Jerami Grant battled a back injury against Duke, but gutted out a strong performance against the Blue Devils. On Monday against Maryland, he was unable to go for most of the game.

Syracuse played most of the game against Maryland shorthanded. And not just because of foul trouble. Sophomore forward Jerami Grant went out midway through the first half with a back injury and never returned.

Without Grant able to contribute, Syracuse used Baye Keita and Rakeem Christmas together for stretches. Tyler Roberson also played a few minutes in the first half.

Michael Gbinije's role significantly increased as a result, which was the biggest adjustment the Orange made. It made Syracuse smaller and less athletic, but they were able to get by Monday night.

Grant came out and warmed up with Syracuse before the start of the second half, but remained on the bench throughout the final frame.

The Daily Orange's Stephen Bailey tweeted out a couple of quotes from head coach Jim Boeheim on Grant's status after Syracuse's 57-55 win.

"He's got a sore back," Boeheim said. "He wanted to go in in the last 30 seconds and I said it was a little late. It's been sore before and he's come back to play the whole game. So I'm anticipating he'll be fine."

Syracuse has a critical matchup Saturday evening against Virginia that could decide the ACC regular season champion. The Orange will need Grant in that one in a tough road matchup.

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