Michael Carter-Williams fell just shy of a triple-double on Monday, scoring a career-high 18 points and contributing 13 assists and 9 rebounds as (9) Syracuse beat Central Connecticut State 96-62. The win earned SU head coach Jim Boeheim his 902nd career win, which ties him with Bob Knight on the all-time wins list for Division I.
Besides Carter-Williams, C.J. Fair also have a double-double, with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Rakeem Christmas pulled down 10 rebounds, while freshman center DaJuan Coleman had 13 points and nine rebounds.
"I thought today we shot the ball better ," said Boeheim, " We made some shots. We struggled a little and then we made some shots. When the ball goes in the basket, it's no secret that you play better. The game unfolds better. We hit a couple of threes and loosened some things up a little bit. "
It was the final non-conference game for Syracuse this season, heading into the Big East schedule with a record of 12-1. Syracuse continues to have the longest active streak in the nation with 32 straight home wins at the Carrier Dome.
"You get through the non-conference season and you get to this position where we're looking forward to starting the BIG EAST with Rutgers," said Boeheim, "They are off to a great start. We are looking forward to that challenge in a couple of days."
" I think we are excited for the Big East ," said Carter-Williams, " This is what we've been preparing for while experiencing adversity and a lot of success. I think we are going in there prepared and ready to leave it out on the floor.
Boeheim's can pass Knight and take sole possession of 2nd place on the all-time wins list this coming Wesdnesday when the Orange host Rutgers in their final Big East opener. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski leads that list with 939 career victories and counting.