Coach Jim Boeheim posted his 903rd victory — putting him alone in second on the list for Division I men's coaching triumphs — as Syracuse beat Rutgers 78-53.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Jim Boeheim achieved another milestone in his impressive career at Syracuse, and yet passing Bob Knight for second place all time on the victory list for men’s Division I coaches almost seemed like an afterthought.
“I’m proud to be able to do that. I’m happy to get it done,” Boeheim said after his seventh-ranked Orange defeated Rutgers 78-53 Wednesday night for his 903rd victory, one more than the retired Knight. “To me, this game is not about numbers, it really isn’t. It’s not about how many points you score or the assists you get. It’s about all the people, all the people you meet on the way. It’s been an unbelievable experience.”
Boeheim, in his 37th season at his alma mater, has 305 losses. He trails only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who is 940-291, in victories.
In the Big East Conference opener for both teams, Syracuse (13-1) beat Rutgers (9-3) for the 13th consecutive time. Brandon Triche scored a season-high 25 points for the Orange.
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Boeheim said he has been touched by phone calls and letters after victories.
“I got a call from (former St. John’s standout) Chris Mullin, I think after 900,” Boeheim said. “That call meant as much to me as anything because he’s the best player, you could argue, who has played in this league. And I got a note from (Butler) coach Brad Stevens, which is interesting because I’m probably his biggest fan. He just thanked me for my contributions to the game.
“If a young coach thinks that way about me, then I’m really happy.”
Other Top 10 men
No. 1 Duke 67,
at Davidson 50
Ryan Kelly scored 18 points to lead the Blue Devils (13-0) past the Wildcats (7-6).
The score was tied at 29 at halftime before Duke started the second half with a 12-0 run.
“For our guys to go 13-0 with our nonconference schedule is just magnificent,” Krzyzewski said.
At No. 4 Louisville 80, Providence 62
Russ Smith scored 23 points and the Cardinals (13-1) shot 53 percent to run away from the Friars (8-5) in the Big East opener for both teams.
Louisville guard Peyton Siva, a graduate of Franklin High School in Seattle, had 10 points and a game-high eight assists.
At No. 8 Ohio St. 70, Nebraska 44
Deshaun Thomas outscored Nebraska in the first half 18-17 and finished with 22 points to lead the Buckeyes (11-2) past the Cornhuskers (9-5) in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
At Arizona St. 55,
Utah 54 (OT)
Freshman guard Jahii Carson sank a three-pointer to send the game into overtime and made a driving layup with 35 seconds left for what proved to be the winner as the Sun Devils (12-2) edged the Utes (8-5) in the first game of the conference season.
Carrick Felix had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Arizona State. Carson scored 15 points.
Utah’s Jason Washburn collected 19 points and 18 rebounds.
Top 5 women
No. 2 Baylor 74,
at Texas Christian 35
Brittney Griner had 24 points — including a dunk — and 12 rebounds to lead the defending national-champion Bears (11-1) past the Horned Frogs (7-5) in the Big 12 opener for both teams.