Jim Boeheim now stands alone in second place on the coaching wins list.
Boeheim notched his 903rd career victory on Wednesday, passing Bob Knight for second all-time among Division I men’s coaches as his Orange cruised past Rutgers, 78-53, in the Big East opener for both teams. The Syracuse caretaker, in his 37th season at his alma Mater, trails only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (940) in career wins. Boeheim and Krzyzewski have a history together. The two coaching icons have helped lead the U.S. Olympic team to consecutive gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Games.
Brandon Triche had a season-high 25 points, sinking five of seven 3-pointers and dishing out six assists to lead the Orange. Michael Carter-Williams added 12 points and 10 assists, his eighth double-double of the season. Syracuse used a 21-0 run to close out the first half and put away the undersized Scarlet Knights early.
The Orange has won 33 straight home games–the longest active streak in the nation–dating back to February of 2011 when Georgetown dealt Syracuse a 64-56 loss. But Wednesday was about 903, not 33. And as of January 2013, only one other Division-1 coach in the history of the game has eclipsed that hallowed number.