JIM BOEHEIM became the third Division I men's coach to reach 900 wins as No. 3 Syracuse beat visiting Detroit, 72-68, on Monday night in the Gotham Classic.
Boeheim, 68 and in his 37th year at his alma mater, is 900-304 and joined an elite fraternity. Mike Krzyzewski (936) and Bob Knight (902) are the only other men's Division I coaches to win that many games.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Boeheim's college roommate, teammate and fellow Hall of Famer, and Roosevelt Bouie, a star on Boeheim's first team in 1976-77, were in the Carrier Dome crowd of 17,902. Midway through the second half, fans were given placards featuring cardboard cutouts of Boeheim's face with 900 wins printed on the back to celebrate.
"I'm happy. I've stayed around long enough," Boeheim said at center court. "I was a little nervous."
Boeheim was presented a jersey encased in glass with 900 emblazoned on it.
In other games *
At Missouri, Jabari Brown, playing in his first game since Nov. 17, 2011, when he was a freshman at Oregon, scored 12 points and the No. 12 Tigers (9-1) beat South Carolina State, 102-51.
* At Notre Dame, Pat Connaughton scored 18 points to lead the No. 22 Fighting Irish (10-1) to a 74-62 victory over IPFW.
* At UTEP, Bryce Dejean-Jones scored 12 points and No. 21 UNLV (9-1) edged the Miners, 62-60.
* At Hartford, Conn., freshman Omar Calhoun scored a season-high 22 points and Ryan Boatright had 21 to lead Connecticut (8-2) to an 84-50 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore. UConn players wore green patches on the front of their white jerseys to honor the victims of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
Undefeated Duke (9-0) advanced one spot to replace Indiana at the top of the Associated Press' Top 25.
The Hoosiers (9-1) held the top spot from the preseason poll through the first 5 weeks of the season, but fell to Butler, 88-86, in overtime Saturday.
It is the 123rd week Duke has been ranked No. 1, 11 weeks behind UCLA. All but 31 weeks of Duke's stay on top have come since the 1991-92 season. The Blue Devils' last time at No. 1 was an 11-week run in 2010-11.
Michigan and Syracuse moved up one place each to second and third. They were followed in the top 10 by Arizona, Louisville, Indiana, Ohio State, Florida, Kansas and Illinois.
* Two days after Butler president James Danko told the AP he would not rule out the possibility of joining a new conference with the seven Catholic schools that are leaving the Big East, he issued a statement calling the rumors a "tribute" to the Bulldogs' success and saying only that that the school would "do what is right."
In May, Danko announced the Bulldogs were leaving their longtime home, the Horizon League, for the Atlantic 10. The move was supposed to happen next year but was expedited this summer.