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Syracuse shorthanded as Jones leaves school

Updated: January 4, 2007, 1:52 PM ET
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse freshman Mike Jones has left the Orange basketball program because of homesickness.

Jones, a forward from Hopkins, S.C., said he wanted to play closer to home, coach Jim Boeheim said Wednesday.

Jones injured his right hip in Syracuse's loss to Oklahoma State on Dec. 5, and averaged only 6.5 minutes of playing time. His departure leaves Syracuse with nine scholarship players and seven healthy players for Thursday night's game against No. ...

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