Duke F Williamson exits victory with double vision

Duke freshman Zion Williamson departed Saturday's victory over Florida State with double vision after being poked in the eye late in the first half of the No. 1 Blue Devils' 80-78 road victory.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski told reporters during the postgame press conference that the symptoms prevented the star forward from returning to action.

Krzyzewski said he learned about the double vision when a trainer told him about three minutes prior to the start of the second half.

"I said, 'He can't play, obviously, if he has that,'" Krzyzewski told reporters. "We waited and it didn't clear up. The good thing is he didn't have headaches. He got poked right in the eye and he's better now."

Krzyzewski said Williamson is expected to play when Duke hosts Syracuse on Monday.

Williamson was receiving treatment after the game and wasn't made available to reporters.

His injury came after being poked in the eye by Seminoles junior guard Trent Forrest.

The injury occurred on a play in which Williamson was driving toward the hoop. He started to lose the ball and Forrest's hands went high up around Williamson's eyes and one of his fingers apparently entered the left eye.

Williamson went down to the floor with his hands covering his face and his legs flailing as if he were in pain. A trainer helped him to the bench and he later went to the locker room before the end of the first half.

He returned to the floor in the second half for warmups. But he never re-entered the contest after Krzyzewski learned of the vision issues.

Williams had 11 points and eight rebounds before exiting. He is averaging 20.3 points and 9.4 rebounds in 15 games.

--Field Level Media

01/12/2019 17:35

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