By Mark Gaughan
Syracuse forward Jerami Grant got off to a slow start and never got on track in his team's 55-53 loss to the University of Dayton on Saturday night.
If it was the last game of his Syracuse career, the 6-foot-8 sophomore went out with a whimper. There is speculation he will declare for the NBA Draft. Grant managed just four points on 2 of 3 shooting in the third-round NCAA Tournament game at First Niagara Center. He had been averaging 12.3 points this season.
"We just didn't come to play," Grant said. "I can't explain it. We weren't ready. We had a rough start. We're a better team. We weren't prepared like we should have been."
Syracuse managed just four points in the first nine minutes of the game, and trailed, 11-4, at that point. The Orange had five turnovers and three airballs and was 2 of 10 from the field over the first nine minutes.
"We probably should have took the ball to the basket a lot more," Grant said. "It was a tough game. We had an opportunity to win the game and we messed it up. We typically win games like this."