“It’s an incredible accomplishment. Only three people have done that so far. Being so consistent over the years pretty much shows everyone what type of coach he is. He’s a great coach and he deserved it.” -Brandon Triche on Jim Boeheim’s 900th victory.
Jim Boeheim became the first person in the history of division 1 men’s college basketball to win 900 games at one school as the Syracuse Orange held off a late Detroit surge in a 72-68 victory. The Orange led by more than 20 points before Detroit led a furious rally that came up just short in from of 17,902 fans inside the Carrier Dome.
James Southerland put on a show in the first half for the fans, and finished with a game high 22 points. Michael Carter-Williams added his sixth consecutive double-double, finishing the game with 12 points and 10 assists. These were the only two players in double figures for Syracuse. This is a little troubling, but not much to look too far in to since it is the first time this has happened all season.
For Detroit, senior Doug Anderson had a great game with 18 points, including a number of athletic plays around the rim with three alley oops. Martin created a problem in the paint, and was very impressive and challenging for Syracuse throughout the evening. JuJuan Howard Jr also had 18 points in the losing effort for the Titans.
The post game ceremony was a great tribute to Boeheim, and was fitting to have Rick Pitino get booed mercilessly when he delivered a congratulatory message on the video screen. Along with Pitino, there were messages from Dave Bing (who was also in attendance), Mike Krzyzewski, Mike Tirico, Sean McDonough, and Dick Vitale, speaking volumes to Boeheim’s tremendous career and success for Syracue University.
While it was a great honor and tremendous ceremony, I think Jim Boeheim is glad it is all over. Now he needs to surpass Bob Knight on the all-time wins list, and the focus can shift back to basketball and his team, and that is just how he likes it. He truly does seem to worry about just one game at a time, and although I’m sure he realizes the importance of his accomplishments to the school and community, he really is sincere when he says how happy he is to still be coaching at Syracuse.