Syracuse Beats Rutgers 78-53, Boeheim Passes Knight

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Jan 2, 2013; Syracuse, NY, USA; Three Syracuse Orange fans Steve Ballentine and Shanie Ballentine and Beth Ballentine hold up a sign noting Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim winning 903 games to surpass Bobby Knight mark during the second half of a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse won the game 78-53. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports


Rutgers scored just two baskets over the final 11 minutes of the first half during a 21-0 run for Syracuse as they blew out the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 78-53 Wednesday night. The win was Jim Boeheim’s 903rd win of his career, putting him ahead of Bob Knight on the all-time wins list. The win showed some great things from this basketball team, but the highlight was Boeheim’s milestone. When asked, Boeheim gave a great statement on his thoughts on passing Bob Knight:

“Well, I’m proud to be able to do that. I’m happy to get it done. I didn’t want to think about it anymore. I was hoping we could do it right away, as quickly as possible. I was hoping it was going to be a little quicker. But I’m glad we got it done fairly quickly.”

“I’ve been thinking a lot the last few days about this and for me and I think the article today in USA Today kind of made me think about this a little bit. I don’t know the guy, I’ve never met him, and it was a great piece I thought. But to me, this game is not really about numbers. It really isn’t. It’s not how many points you score, how many assists you get. It’s what you do, what your team does. To me, the numbers are not the story. The story is the players that I’ve been able to coach. The coaches I’ve worked with. The coaches we’ve competed against all these years. So many great coaches, so many great games. It’s those games and those battles that I think about. Unfortunately, I think about the losses too much. But someday, I’ll maybe get over that when I get really old, which isn’t that far away.”

“It’s about all the people, the people you meet on the way and the tournaments –even the referees and the media people. It’s been an unbelievable experience. But that’s really what I think about. It really isn’t about numbers. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how many wins you have. It just doesn’t matter. It’s just like at the end of the day it doesn’t matter how much money you have. It really doesn’t. None of that stuff matters. They’re just numbers.”

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