As Michael Carter-Williams led Syracuse past California to advance to the Sweet 16 on Saturday night in San Jose, the sophomore guard's family was dealing with a far more serious matter.
Flames began shooting through the roof of his mother's home in Hamilton, Mass. at about 10:30 p.m. EST, WCVB in Boston reported. The three-alarm fire reportedly significantly damaged the house before firefighters were able to put it out, but all members of the family who were inside escaped safely. From Carter-Williams' sister:
Thank u everyone , everyone's fine which is all that matters .. I appreciate everyone's prayer and concerns
— Masey Zegarowski (@EmmmZee1) March 24, 2013
And from Carter-Williams:
Thanks for the prayers everyone all thats important to me is my family is okay — Michael Carter-Willi (@MJCWilliams) March 24, 2013
It's unclear the cause of the fire at this point. Mandy Zegarowski, Carter-Williams' mother, was in attendance at HP Pavilion in San Jose at the time of the fire Saturday night watching Carter-Williams score 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting in the Orange's 66-60 win.
If Carter-Williams knew about the fire immediately after the game, he certainly hid his emotions well. He sat in front of his locker fielding questions from reporters for about 15 minutes as though nothing was wrong.