Duke star Zion Wil­liamson poked in left eye, suf­fers dou­ble vi­sion

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Duke fresh­man Zion Wil­liamson suf­fered dou­ble vi­sion Satur­day af­ter be­ing poked in the left eye dur­ing the No. 1 Blue Devils’ 80-78 win over No. 13 Florida State.

Wil­liamson did not play dur­ing the sec­ond half af­ter be­ing hit by Florida State guard Trent For­rest while Wil­liamson was drib­ble-driv­ing to­ward the Blue Devils bas­ket with 1:26 left in the first half. No foul was called on the play.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said af­ter the game the 6-7 Wil­liamson suf­fered from dou­ble vi­sion through­out the sec­ond half, mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble to put him back in the game.

But Wil­liamson’s dou­ble vi­sion fi­nally cleared post game, in­creas­ing the chances he’ll be avail­able to play Mon­day night when Duke plays Syra­cuse at Cameron In­door Sta­dium.

“I’m not say­ing it was in­ten­tional,” Krzyzewski said. “But he got poked right in the eye. He’s bet­ter now. So hope­fully he’ll be able to play on Mon­day. But that’s a big loss. It’s a big loss. For this game? Are you kid­ding? Es­pe­cially with the ath­let- icism we were fac­ing.”

Wil­liamson turned the ball over on the play and went down to the court in pain. He got up and walked to the bench but did not re­turn to the game. Wil­liamson left the bench area along with Duke ath­letic trainer Jose Fon­seca and headed to the locker room with 30 sec­onds left un­til half­time.

Wil­liamson came out for sec­ond-half warmups and par­tic­i­pated in the layup line. But his dou­ble vi­sion failed to clear so as­sis­tant coach Nate James in­formed Krzyzewski.

“I wasn’t out on the court yet,” Krzyzewski said. “Nate ran back and told me he had dou­ble vi­sion. I said he can’t play ob­vi­ously if he has that. It didn’t clear up.”

Wil­liamson didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence any headaches with the dou­ble vi­sion, Krzyzewski said.

Wil­liamson en­tered the game av­er­ag­ing 20.9 points and 9.5 re­bounds per game. Prior to his in­jury, he scored 11 points with eight re­bounds and two as­sists against Florida State.

CHUCK LIDDY [email protected]­sob­server.com

Duke for­ward Zion Wil­liamson holds his head af­ter hitting the floor hard Satur­day in Tal­la­has­see, Fla. Wil­liamson left the game and went to the locker room.

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