Syracuse Orange Basketball 2013-14: Syracuse vs. Georgia Tech at the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse's Jerami Grant (left) sidelined with an injury has a word with Baye Moussa Keita in the second half of the Orange's game against Georgia Tech at the Carrier Dome.
(Dennis Nett | firstname.lastname@example.org)
Syracuse, N.Y. -- After missing the second half of two games and all of Syracuse's loss to Georgia Tech on Tuesday, Orange sophomore Jerami Grant returned to the practice floor on Thursday.
Grant had to sit out Syracuse's 67-62 loss to Georgia Tech on Tuesday with a lower back strain. Syracuse freshman Tyler Roberson got his first career start in place of Grant on Tuesday. Roberson finished with two points and three rebounds in 23 minutes.
Grant had been trying to play through the injury in recent games. He started Syracuse's games at Maryland and Virginia, but after being largely ineffective, Grant did not play in the second half of either game.
On Thursday, Grant practiced with the rest of his teammates at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center. He took part in all drills. He moved well, but seemed a little stiff at times.
"There's no change,'' SU coach Jim Boeheim said just prior to practice. "He's the same.''
Boeheim offered no indication as to whether Grant would play in the Orange's final regular season game on Sunday at Florida State. The ACC tournament starts next Wednesday. Syracuse won't play until Friday's quarterfinal round.
"We won't make a decision until Saturday or Sunday,'' Boeheim said.
Syracuse is 26-4 for the season, but the Orange has lost four of its last five games. Syracuse has missed Grant's rebounding and ability to score in the lane. He's averaging a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game to go along with his 11.8 points per game.
Grant has started 16 games this season. He moved into the starting lineup following the knee injury that ended starting center Dajuan Coleman's season in late December.