WASHINGTON — The timing awful. The news was worse.
There was no way Mandy Carter-Zegarowski could bring herself to tell her son. Not in the middle of a tournament game. No matter how many times he asked.
But she kept getting up, leaving her seat and coming back. She was 10 rows up from the Syracuse bench, and Michael Carter-Williams could see it in her face.
“She was crying,” Carter-Williams said. “She was really upset.”
They were in San Jose. The Orange were trying to fight off a California team that refused to wave the flag after falling behind as much as 13 in the first half. Carter-Williams was playing in just his second NCAA Tournament game as a starter and he was working on a 12-point, three-assist night.
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