Syracuse gives Boeheim his 900th career victory
Only Krzyzewski, Knight have more Division I wins.
Jim Boeheim became the third Division I men’s coach to reach 900 wins as No. 3 Syracuse beat Detroit 72-68 on Monday night in the Gotham Classic.
Boeheim, 68 and in his 37th year at his alma mater, is 900-304 and joined an elite fraternity. Mike Krzyzewski (936) and Bob Knight (902) are the only other men’s Division I coaches to win that many games.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Boeheim’s college roommate, teammate and fellow Hall of Famer, and Roosevelt Bouie, a star on Boeheim’s first team in 1976-77, were in the Carrier Dome crowd of 17,902. Midway through the second half, fans were given placards featuring cardboard cutouts of Boeheim’s face with 900 wins printed on the back to celebrate.
Boeheim was presented a jersey encased in glass with 900 emblazoned on it.
“I’m happy. I’ve stayed around long enough,” Boeheim said at center court. “I was a little ner- vous.”
James Southerland had 22 points for Syracuse (10-0), which increased its home winning streak to 30 games, longest in the nation. Detroit (65), which lost 77-74 at St. John’s in the second game of the season and 74-61 at Pitt earlier this month, had its four-game winning streak snapped.
Orange point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who had 10 or more assists in four straight games and six altogether, finished with 10 assists and 12 points, his sixth straight double-double.
Juwan Howard Jr. and Doug Anderson both scored 18 points for Detroit.
Detroit pulled to within 67-63 with 55.1 seconds left. But Carter-Williams hit three of four free throws to win it.
No. 12 Missouri 102, South Carolina St. 51: Jabari Brown, playing in his first game since Nov. 17, 2011 when he was a freshman at Oregon, scored 12 points and the host Tigers (9-1) beat the Bulldogs (4-7).
No. 21 UNLV 62, UTEP 60: Bryce DeJean-Jones scored 12 points and Anthony Marshall added 11 as the Runnin’ Rebels (9-1) edged the host Miners (3-5). Julian Washburn had 13 points for UTEP and Konner Tucker added 12.
No. 22 Notre Dame 74, IPFW 62: Pat Connaughton scored 18 points to lead the host Fighting Irish (10-1) over the Mastodons (5-7).
Duke No. 1 again: Duke advanced one spot to replace Indiana at the top of The AP’s Top 25 on Monday, drawing closer to UCLA’s record for most No. 1 rankings.
Indiana (9-1) held the top spot from the preseason poll through the first five weeks of the season. Butler beat the Hoosiers 88-86 in overtime Saturday.
The Blue Devils (90) received 62 firstplace votes from the 65member national media panel. Michigan (11-0), which received the other No. 1 votes, and Syracuse moved up one place each to second and third. They were followed in the top 10 by Arizona, Louisville, Indiana, Ohio State, Florida, Kansas and Illinois. It’s the 123rd week Duke has been ranked No. 1, 11 weeks behind UCLA.