Johnson doesn't expect to miss time

Updated: February 5, 2010, 5:40 PM ET
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- When Syracuse Orange star Wesley Johnson hit the court hard midway through the first half on Tuesday night against Providence Friars, a hush came over the crowd at the Carrier Dome.

Johnson flipped and crashed hard when fouled by Brian McKenzie while trying to convert a lob pass. He remained motionless for a few seconds, then got up and slowly walked to the bench with a slight grimace.

After a media timeout, Johnson, averaging a team-leading 17 points for the third-ranked Orange, returned, made one of two free throws, and stayed in the game, playing all but one minute of the half.

Johnson started the second half but played only 3 minutes, watching what turned into an 85-68 rout from the bench. He said afterward he was feeling some pain in his left leg, but doesn't expect to miss any games.

"Wes was hurt but probably could have played. He could have gone back in," coach Jim Boeheim said. "We were able to survive without him. We have a day off tomorrow. Hopefully, he'll be back at full strength by Friday."


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