SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Jim Boeheim notched his 903rd career victory, breaking a tie with Bob Knight for second all-time among Division I men’s coaches, and No. 7 Syracuse rolled past Rutgers 78-53 on Wednesday night in the Big East opener for both teams.
Boeheim, in his 37th season at his alma mater, trails only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who has 940 victories after his top-ranked Blue Devils beat Davidson 67-50.
Syracuse (13-1, 1-0) has won 33 straight home games, the longest active streak in the nation, and has beaten Rutgers (9-3, 0-1) 13 straight times. The Orange’s last home loss was to Georgetown, 64-56, on Feb. 9, 2011.
Brandon Triche had a season-high 25 points, hitting five of sevent 3-point attempts, and added six assists to lead Syracuse. Michael Carter-Williams finished with 12 points and 10 assists, his eighth double-double.
Also on Wednesday:
No. 1 Duke 67
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ryan Kelly scored 18 points to help Duke (13-0) remain one of only four undefeated teams in Division I.
No. 4 Louisville 80
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Russ Smith scored 23 points and Louisville (13-1, 1-0) shot 53 percent to roll to victory in the Big East Conference opener for both teams.
No. 8 Ohio State 70
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas outscored Nebraska in the first half 18-17 and finished with 22 points to lead Ohio State (11-2, 1-0).
No. 11 Illinois 61
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Terone Johnson scored a career-high 25 points and D.J. Byrd scored nine of his 15 during a key 19-3 second-half run, sending Purdue (7-6, 1-0 Big Ten) past Illinois (13-2, 0-1).
No. 16 Creighton 79
Illinois State 72
NORMAL, Ill. — Ethan Wragge was six of nine from 3-point range and scored 18 points to lead Creighton (13-1, 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference).
No. 17 Butler 70
INDIANAPOLIS — Roosevelt Jones scored a career-high 24 points to lead Butler (11-2) to its eighth consecutive victory.
No. 19 San Diego State 72
Cal State Bakersfield 57
SAN DIEGO — Jamaal Franklin had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Chase Tapley scored 14 to lead San Diego State (12-2).
Arizona State 55
TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State freshman Jahii Carson sank a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, then made a driving layup with 35 seconds left for what proved to be the game-winner as the Sun Devils (12-2) beat Utah (8-5) in the teams’ Pac-12 opener.