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Jesse Edwards available for Syracuse men’s basketball, per report

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Syracuse could’ve played sophomore Jesse Edwards against West Virginia, if needed.

Syracuse v West Virginia Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team looked to be in dire straits when Jesse Edwards picked up his fourth foul against West Virginia with over 12 minutes remaining. The Mountaineers were making a run and Marek Dolezaj had picked up his fourth foul just minutes prior.

With 12:48 to play, Edwards took an elbow to the face. He was whistled for his fourth foul and came out of the game with blood on his face.

Syracuse v West Virginia
Jesse Edwards had stitches after taking an elbow to the mouth against West Virginia
Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Still, Edwards would’ve been available to return to that contest if Syracuse needed him, according to Donna Ditota’s reporting at Syracuse.com. After the shot to the chops, Edwards received stitches and could’ve re-entered, assistant coach Allen Griffin told Ditota.

Edwards exited the game and Dolezaj played the remainder of the contest from the center position without fouling out.

Should Syracuse need to turn to Edwards against Houston, he would be available. Jim Boeheim said that Edwards wasn’t ready for the physical play of teams like West Virginia, but acknowledged his upside.

“Jesse is not ready yet for this level of competition. It’s something I’ve said all year. I think he’s got a great chance to be good someday,” Boeheim said.