No. 3 Syracuse 72, Detroit 68
Jim Boeheim became the third Division I men’s coach to reach 900 wins as No. 3 Syracuse beat visiting Detroit 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. 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. Boeheim was presented a jersey encased in glass with 900 emblazoned on it.
No. 12 Missouri 102, South Carolina State 51
Jabari Brown, playing in his first game since Nov. 17, 2011 when he was a freshman at Oregon, scored 12 points and No. 12 Missouri beat visiting South Carolina State 102-51 on Monday night. Brown, 6-foot-5, 205-pound guard, became eligible at the end of the first semester. He entered the game with 16:01 left in the first half. After a missed 3-pointer, he assisted on a fast-break layup by Negus Webster-Chan. He scored his first points on two free throws with 9:35 remaining.
No. 21 UNLV 62, UTEP 60
Anthony Marshall scored 13 points and Bryce DeJean-Jones added 12 for No. 21 UNLV in a victory over host UTEP. Jaques Streeter scored with 27 seconds left to UNLV’s lead to two points. DeJean-Jones had an opportunity to make it a two-possession game but missed two free throws with 15 seconds left. Konner Tucker had a last-second opportunity for the Miners after taking an inbounds pass from the far sideline for a 3-point attempt which bounced up and off the rim.
No. 22 Notre Dame 74, IPFW 62
Pat Connaughton scored 18 points to lead No. 22 Notre Dame to a victory over visiting IPFW. Connaughton more than doubled his 7.9 points-per-game average and had six rebounds and five assists. Notre Dame (10-1) led 40-28 at halftime then opened the second half with a 9-5 run over the first 4:21, capped by a two-handed stuff by Jack Cooley off a full-court fastbreak pass from Jerian Grant.