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R.J. Davis injury update after Syracuse game

R.J. Davis injury update after Syracuse game

In North Carolina’s gritty win over Syracuse on Tuesday night, point guard R.J. Davis put his body on the line late to help the Tar Heels secure the win.

Davis drew a charge with about 10 seconds left as Judah Mintz drove down the lane to try and take the lead. Mintz’s elbow hit Davis in the face as he went down and stayed down for a few minutes. Davis did not return to the game and had to be looked at by the trainers.

Following the game, head coach Hubert Davis provided a small update on the injury and the play in general:

“He got hit in the eye — he got hit right above the eye,” Davis said via Inside Carolina. “Judah is an unbelievable penetrator and finisher, and so on those situations, especially in transition, he’s just really good. RJ guessed right and did a really good job of taking the charge and sacrificing his body. And in that situation we needed it. If he didn’t do that Judah would have scored or got fouled or both. It was just a wonderful, unbelievable, unselfish, tough play by RJ.”

Davis got hit a few times in the game as the head coach revealed the point guard also dislocated a finger. There wasn’t much more of an update after that and likely won’t be for a few days.

The good news for the Tar Heels is they have about a week off before they host Pitt and then travel to Durham to face Duke next week. Getting Davis healthy will be key for that stretch and the rest of the season.

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