By BILLY HEYEN
Syracuse point guard Jalen Carey will be out indefinitely due to a right thumb injury, the team announced via Twitter on Wednesday night. The injury will require surgery. SU broadcaster Matt Park tweeted that Carey will “miss a significant amount of time” and that the injury originated “in the summer.”
Carey started the Orange’s first two games at point guard, although he played fewer minutes in both of those games than freshman Joe Girard III. Carey scored three total points in the two games and shot 1-of-8 from the floor.
Girard took over as the starter against Seattle on Saturday night and scored 24 points. Carey didn’t leave the bench during the Syracuse blowout.
After SU’s win over Seattle, head coach Jim Boeheim said Carey didn’t play because “we wanted to win.”
Girard, the freshman guard from Glens Falls, N.Y., should remain Syracuse’s starting point guard going forward, with freshman Brycen Goodine and junior Howard Washington providing backup minutes at the position. Elijah Hughes has also spent time bringing the ball over halfcourt for SU in the early going.
The Orange tip off against Cornell at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.