It was a nail-biting end to the game, but Jim Boeheim became just the third head coach in NCAA basketball history to reach 900 career wins on Monday night when the Syracuse Orange beat Detroit 72-68 at the Carrier Dome.
Boeheim joins Mike Krzyzewski and Bobby Knight as the only three head coaches to ever reach 900 wins, Boeheim being the only one to do it all at one school.
"Those are two of the great coaches of all time," said Boeheim after the game. "I'm happy that I stayed around long enough to get to that point. I've won 900 games because of the coaches I've had all these years, players like these guys, who've done so much."
Both Brandon Triche and James Southerland were freshmen when Boeheim won his 800th career game to start the 2009 season. Boeheim has coached his team to a 100-16 record since then to reach the 900 milestone. Boeheim now has 1,091 total wins at Syracuse as a player, assistant coach and head coach combined.
"A smart coach a long time ago told me you don't win unless you have fans in your program area," says Boeheim. "We have great fans and we've had them for all the years I've been here, and that what makes it special to be here."
The Orange almost let the game get away late in the second half when Detroit went on a 16-0 run to get within 3 points of Syracuse, but the Orange held on in the final 23 seconds to pull of the milestone win. James Southerland led the way against Detroit with 22 points, including 5 three pointers.