Boeheim earns milestone victory

Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 1:10 a.m.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Jim Boeheim became the first coach with 300 Big East victories in the same manner he won many of the first 299 - with Syracuse playing tough defense and coming through in the clutch.
Gerry McNamara had 22 points to lead the seventh-ranked Orange to a 70-61 victory over Notre Dame on Monday night, using a 14-0 run in the second half to overcome a six-point deficit.
Boeheim downplayed the milestone victory.
''That just means you've been around in this league for a long time,'' he said.
The Irish led 57-51 when Josh Pace scored six points in a 14-0 run in which Syracuse repeatedly scored inside. Pace, who finished with 16 points, started it with a 10-foot jumper and Hakim Warrick, who was sitting with four fouls when the run began, added four of his 12 points during the spurt, including a dunk on an alley-oop pass from Billy Edelin.
''We played great defense down the stretch,'' said McNamara, who sealed the victory with a 3-pointer with 65 seconds left.
Notre Dame (10-3, 2-1) was 0-for-7 from the field during the run with one turnover.
It was the ninth straight win for the Orange (16-1, 3-0) in their first game this season outside the state of New York.
  • NO. 25 OKLAHOMA 77, NO. 12 UCONN 65: Taj Gray scored 23 points, Lawrence McKenzie added 18 and Oklahoma held off Connecticut.
    Kevin Bookout scored 11 points and Terrell Everett and Drew Lavender each had 10 for the Sooners (12-2), who beat the defending national champions for the third time in four seasons.
    Bookout tipped in a miss by Gray to cap a string of three straight baskets and give the Sooners a 72-61 lead with 3:04 to play and hold off the Huskies (9-3).
    Oklahoma led by as many as 14 points in the first half and 11 early in the second before Connecticut chipped away to get back in the game.
    The Sooners led 49-38 after Gray hit one of two free throws with 16:34 to play, but Marcus Williams drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key to start a 10-2 Connecticut run that put the Huskies within a basket with 12 1/2 minutes left.
    From there, the Sooners struggled to put Connecticut away, but were able to keep the Huskies at bay.
  • MISS. ST. INJURY: Mississippi State guard Winsome Frazier will miss the rest of the season after breaking his foot, coach Rick Stansbury said Monday night.
    Frazier fractured a bone in his left foot when he landed awkwardly on it after leaping to block a shot during the first half of the 11th-ranked Bulldogs' 87-76 victory over Mississippi on Saturday, Stansbury said on his weekly radio show.
    Frazier leads the Bulldogs with 36 3-pointers and is Mississippi State's second-leading scorer with an average of 13.3 points per game.
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