SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim earned his 900th career victory at the Carrier Dome on Monday evening after leading the #3/3 Orange (10-0) to a thrilling 72-68 triumph over the Titans (6-5).
With the historic win, the legendary head coach joins Mike Krzyzewski and Bobby Knight as the only three members in the prestigious 900 club.
The milestone also extends the Orange home court winning streak to 30 straight games – the longest strech in the nation, and boosts the regular season non-conference record to 32 consecutive contests.
Syracuse took a 22 point advantage with 9:30 remaining in the second half, after a 5-0 run led by freshman Jerami Grant, who hit three straight free throws and a slam to set the score at 61-39.
Detroit then erased a 17 point deficit to climb within three points of a once heavy SU advantage, after a 16-point answered run set the score at 67-64 with 29 seconds remaining in the game. The Orange responded with a series of five free throws from sophomore Michael Carter-Williams to clinch the win in the final moments of play.
Senior James Southerland led the offense with 22 points, shooting 58 percent (7-of-12) from the field and 63 percent (5-of-8) from the three point line while Carter-Williams recorded his sixth straight double-double of season, contributing 12 points and a team-high 10 assists.
Opening the game with momentum, the Orange took an early eight point lead at 20-12. Allowing Detroit just one point in four minutes, Southerland extended the Orange advantage to 14 points after scoring seven consecutive points, featuring two back-to-back three's to set the score at 27-13 with 7:30 remaining in the opening frame.
Never trailing, SU held Detroit to 35 percent from the field (10-of-29) and did not give Titans a single three pointer heading into halftime with a 40-21 lead.
The Orange is back in action on Dec. 22, where they take on Temple at Madison Square Garden in the third game of the Chevrolet Gotham Classic.