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Historic Night For Orange, Boeheim

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Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse Orange are off to the best start in school history, and Monday’s win over Pittsburgh puts Boeheim in a tie for for fourth place on the all-time list.

The Orange, who are ranked No.1 in the country for the sixth straight week, beat the struggling Panthers 71-63 at the Carrier Dome, improving to 20-0, the best ever start for Syracuse. Led by a 16-point performance from Dion Waiters, Boeheim’s squad also upped their conference record to 7-0.

‘Cuse got a dozen points each from Kris Joseph, Brandon Triche and Scoop Jardine. The seven-foot Fab Melo added ten points, ten boards and six blocks.

Boeheim made history of his own on Monday, earning career win 876 as a coach, pushing him into a tie for fourth all-time, with Adolph Rupp, on the men’s college hoops career wins list. Mike Krzyzewski (914), Bobby Knight (902), and Dean Smith (879) are the only coaches with more career victories.

Pittsburgh, who started the year 11-1, has now dropped seven in a row, falling to 11-8 overall and 0-6 in the Big East.

Syracuse will travel to South Bend for a matchup with Notre Dame (11-7, 3-2 Big East) on Saturday night at 6:00.


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