Przemek Karnowski had just six points before leaving late in the first half of Gonzaga's national semifinal game against South Carolina.
Gonzaga's 7-foot center was writhing in pain on the court at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., after getting hit in the eye by South Carolina's Chris Silva.
The 6-9 Gamecocks forward rejected Gonzaga's big man, but hit Karnowski in the eye, sending the Bulldogs center to the floor as the action transitioned to the other end of the court.
"He got poked in the eye pretty good," Gonzaga coach Mark Few told CBS Sports. "Hopefully we can put a protective contact in."
Karnowski went to the locker room with 1:35 remaining in the half. He told trainers the injury was to his right eye and that he had trouble seeing. Gonzaga did say the senior from Poland would return in the second half as the Bulldogs held a 45-36 halftime lead.