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Saturday, February 14, 2004
Freshman Jones reinstated by Red Storm

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- St. John's reinstated freshman basketball player Tyler Jones on Friday, eight days after he was suspended from the team.

Jones, who sat out two games but was at practice, will be eligible to play Wednesday night against Georgetown at Madison Square Garden.

Jones was one of six players suspended indefinitely for breaking curfew and going to the strip club after a loss to Pittsburgh on Feb. 4.

A woman told police she was raped by St. John's players she met at the club, but no criminal charges were filed against the players, and the woman was later charged with prostitution, attempted extortion and filing fictitious reports.

Mohamed Diakite and Lamont Hamilton remain suspended, while Grady Reynolds, Elijah Ingram and Abe Keita are no longer with the program. Reynolds has been expelled, Ingram withdrew from the university, and the St. John's judicial board suspended Keita from school for one year.

Jones has appeared in 16 games, averaging 6.1 minutes per outing.