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Malachi Richardson left Thursday's game with a cramp, but the irony goes way beyond that

Syracuse freshman forward Malachi Richardson's near-injury possesses a lot of irony.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- With the Orange leading Florida State 66-49, freshman forward Malachi Richardson drove to the basket. He made the layup but took a hard fall, which left many SU fans holding their breath.

"I was able to get by Malik, and I was able to finish. But I caught a cramp in my calf. I'm good. It was just a cramp."

Exactly 13 months ago to the day, former SU forward Chris McCullough tore his ACL on a fast break against FSU. He missed the rest of the season before ultimately being drafted in the first-round of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Brooklyn Nets.

Tonight, he was in attendance. 

"I'm so glad it was just a cramp," 5th-year guard Michael Gbinije said. "It kinda reminded me of Chris. And he was here tonight. And, fun fact, it was the same shoes. That's weird to think about."

Malachi returned to the game a few minutes later and finished with 17 points. 

He did have ice on his right wrist, but claimed it wasn't anything serious.

"It's been sore for a little bit," Richardson joked. "It's nothing to worry about." 

"He's just got that ill mindset," Gbinije said while smirking at Malachi. "He's just looking to take the craziest shot he can, but he makes them. I love playing with a player like that." 

"His nickname is Odell Beckham because of that crazy hair. Man, I love him." 


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