Syracuse routs Rutgers, Boeheim passes Knight
Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) - Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim picked up his 903rd career victory on Wednesday to move past Bob Knight for sole possession of second place on the all-time Division I wins list.
Brandon Triche led the way on the historic night at the Carrier Dome, making five 3-pointers en route to 25 points to help the seventh-ranked Orange beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 78-53, in the Big East opener for both programs.
Michael Carter-Williams added a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists for Syracuse (13-1, 1-0 Big East), which has won three in a row since a loss to Temple on Dec. 22. C.J. Fair tallied 15 points.
Syracuse extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 33 games.
Eli Carter made five 3-pointers en route to 19 points for the Scarlet Knights (9-3, 0-1), who had a five-game winning streak snapped.
Rutgers coach Mike Rice returned on Wednesday following a three-game suspension.
The Scarlet Knights kept it close early and actually held a 20-18 lead with over eight minutes left in the first half.
However, Syracuse took full control with a 21-0 run to end the frame. James Southerland and Fair tallied seven and six points, respectively, during the surge. Southerland capped the burst with a layup to make it a 39-20 contest at the break.
The Orange cruised to victory in the second half after Carter-Williams started the period with a 3-pointer.
Syracuse holds a 39-9 advantage in the all-time series with Rutgers. The Orange have won 13 straight meetings and 23 of the 24 all-time meetings at home ... Rutgers fell to 2-16 all-time in Big East openers ... Syracuse shot 45.9 percent from the floor and went 9-of-22 from beyond the arc.
01/02 21:34:55 ET