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USA TODAY Sports Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas dunks over Minnesota center Elliott Eliason (55) during the first round of the Maui Invitational on Monday at the Lahaina Center in Maui.

Men's basketball: Gophers suffer first loss

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C.J. Fair scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and grabbed 10 rebounds as Syracuse won their opening game 75-67 over Minnesota on Monday at the Maui Invitational.

Trevor Cooney contributed 15 points on 5-for-11 shooting from 3-point range for Syracuse, which will play California in Tuesday’s semifinals. Tyler Ennis and Jerami Grant contributed 12 points apiece for the Orange (5-0).

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