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A Family Affair: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse gets best of son Jimmy Boeheim, Cornell

Jim Boeheim and Jimmy Boeheim embrace for a hug during the post game handshake line following Syracuse's win over Cornell Friday night.

Perhaps the most intriguing storyline leading into the upcoming college basketball season, took place inside the Carrier Dome Friday night.

Hall-of-Fame head coach Jim Boeheim led the Syracuse Orange into its season opener, taking on his son, Jimmy Boeheim, and the Cornell Big Red.

The Orange won the game, 77-45, but all the talk afterward revolved around father and son -- Jim and Jimmy -- after a game they will never soon forget.

"You watch your son play his whole life and you're always pulling for two things: He plays well and that he wins," Jim Boeheim said during his post game press conference. "So I was only hoping for one of those tonight, but the way he started out, I was a little bit worried."

"I've never heard him yell from that close," Jimmy Boeheim said with a smile. "That was a little weird. He said to keep my head up and [what] a way to play. He said I was close to having a good game."

Jimmy's responses drew a loud laugh from the packed room full of media members, as he smiled throughout the press conference.

If you're wondering about the mother in all of this -- Juli Boeheim -- she had the perfect response to the big night.

The shirts that the family made were about as good, if not better, than what anybody could have imagined.

"I said to someone that I think I'm having an out-of-body experience for sure today," she said with a smile. "All day I've been kind of walking on air and not really believing this is happening, from bringing Jimmy all those years as a baby, and then now here he is out there. It's amazing, it really is. It's a dream come true for him."

In his first collegiate game, Jimmy Boeheim finished with 11 points and five rebounds for the Big Red.

Meanwhile, for Jim Boeheim, the Orange used a big second half to pull away from Cornell after only scoring 33 points in the opening half.

Tyus Battle led all scorers with 18 points on the night, to go with four rebounds.

Geno Thorpe had 12 points off the bench for the Orange, while star freshman Oshae Brissett finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Orange will now shift its focus to the Iona Gaels on Tuesday night, who visit the Carrier Dome for a 7 p.m. start.


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