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While Jim Boeheim may have downplayed what 900 wins meant to him, his team was very aware that they had to beat Detroit to get their coach his 900th victory. While Syracuse cruised in the first half, the second half was a different story. But, despite a pretty serious collapse, Syracuse managed to hold on long enough to beat Detroit and give Boeheim his victory. Syracuse won 72 to 68.
  • James Southerland was the leading scorer for the Orange, who had another great day from behind the arc. He was 7-12 from the floor and 5-8 from 3. He drilled several huge shots in this game. He finished with 22 points in 31 minutes on the floor.
  • Michael Carter-Williams was the only other Syracuse player in double digits for scoring. He finished with 12 points, ten assists, and he made 9-10 free throws. He also had six turnovers however, leading the team in that category.
  • Rakeem Christmas had a solid game, earning seven points and eight rebounds. He continues to be very solid on defense as well.
  • Brandon Triche had a rough night, fouling out in the last few minutes of the game and going 1-6 on the day. He'll have games like this, which is fine. He'll be having far more successful games more often than not.
  • Syracuse lost all of their momentum near the end of the game. They were content to run the game out with ten minutes left, letting up on defense and failing to be as aggressive or creative on offense as they had been earlier in the game. This led to Detroit severely closing the scoring gap, outscoring the Orange 47 to 32 in the second half.
  • Syracuse shot 46.8% from the floor and 37.5% (6-16) from behind the arc. Detroit shot a very close 46.7% from the floor, but only shot 16.7% (3-18) from three. That was probably the difference in this game as that is well below the usual average of Detroit, a very talented shooting team.
  • Jim Boeheim wins #900, joining Coach K and Bobby Knight. Boeheim is the only coach of the three to do it all at one school. 
And like that, Syracuse can relax knowing that they got that victory for their coach. And they can turn their attention to a harder game on paper than the average Syracuse non-conference game in Temple under the bright lights at Madison Square Garden. But we can all give a hearty congratulations to Jim Boeheim and his massive success as the head coach of Syracuse University Basketball.

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