Amid another scandal, Syracuse heads for Garden

JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer Published:

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Jim Boeheim conducted a light afternoon workout on Tuesday for his second-ranked Orange, then it was off to New York for the Big East tournament.

Less than 24 hours after the university said it had self-reported possible violations of its internal drug policy and that an NCAA inquiry was under way, the team's focus was on basketball as it has been all through a memorable yet troubled season.

Though practice was closed as it had been early in the season after assistant coach Bernie Fine was fired amid allegations of sexual abuse, the workout was punctuated by smiles, clapping and a tinge of intensity.

Boeheim deferred questions to the sports information department and the Orange (30-1) will not be available to reporters until they play Thursday at Madison Square Garden.