SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Jim Boeheim called it just another number. The Carrier Dome message board didn't agree.
Moments after his third-ranked Syracuse Orange held off Detroit for a 72-68 victory Monday night in the Gotham Classic, making Boeheim the third Division I men's coach to reach 900 wins, Hall of Famer Dave Bing, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Louisville's Rick Pitino offered congratulations on the big screens inside the Teflon dome.
Boeheim, 68 and in his 37th year at his alma mater, is 900-304. Krzyzewski (936) and Bob Knight (902) are the only other men's Division I coaches to win that many games.
"To me, it's just a number," said Boeheim, whose first victory was against Harvard in 1976. "If I get 900, have I got to get more? That's why maybe it's just not that important to me because to me it's just a number, and the only number that matters is how this team does."
So far, it has done okay.
James Southerland had 22 points for Syracuse (10-0), which won its 30th straight home game, the longest streak in the nation. Detroit had its four-game winning streak snapped.
Bing, Boeheim's college roommate, teammate and fellow Hall of Famer, and Roosevelt Bouie, a star on Boeheim's first team in 1976-77, were in the Carrier Dome crowd of 17,902.
Bing was standing tall in the locker room after the game.
"Nobody would have thought when we came here 50 years ago that either one of us would have had the kind of success we've had," said Bing, today the mayor of Detroit. "I'm so pleased and proud of him because he stuck with it. He's proven that he's one of the best coaches ever in college basketball, and he'll be No. 2 shortly."
NO. 12 MISSOURI 102, S.C. STATE 51: Jabari Brown, playing in his first game since Nov. 17, 2011, when he was a freshman at Oregon, scored 12 for the host Tigers (9-1).
NO. 21 UNLV 62, UTEP 60: Bryce DeJean-Jones scored 12 for the visiting Runnin' Rebels (9-1), who held on when Konner Tucker's last-second 3-point attempt bounced up and off the rim.
NO. 22 NOTRE DAME 74, IPFW 62: Pat Connaughton, who went in averaging 7.9 points, scored 18 and added six rebounds for the host Irish (10-1).
B-CU 102, FLA. CHRISTIAN 51: Adrien Coleman scored 23 for host Bethune-Cookman (5-8), which scored its most points since 2003.
JOHNSON C. SMITH 67, ECKERD 64: Alex Bodney missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the host Tritons (3-2), who never led in the second half but never trailed by more than six.
TAMPA 81, P.R.-RIO PIEDRAS 49: Anthony Griffis had 19 points for the Spartans (9-0), who blew it open in the second half in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
SAINT LEO 87, ELIZABETH CITY ST. 74: Trent Thomas had 28 points and Jerrel Harris 22 as the visiting Lions (7-2) won their fourth straight game.
BUtler KEEPs DOOR OPEN: Two days after Butler president James Danko said he would not rule out joining a new conference with the seven Catholic schools that are leaving the Big East, he issued a statement calling the rumors a "tribute" to the Bulldogs' success and saying only that the school would "do what is right."
AP POLL: Duke replaced Indiana at No. 1, giving it the top ranking at least once in a record 16 seasons under Krzyzewski. Butler entered at No. 19, and Wichita State fell out.
NO. 8 CAL 71, N'WESTERN 65: Brittany Boyd scored 18 and Talia Caldwell 16, and Gennifer Brandon's three-point play with 3:04 left put the visiting Golden Bears (8-1) ahead for good.
AP POLL: FSU entered at No. 23, along with No. 25 Colorado. Miami and Ohio State fell out. Stanford remained No. 1 for the fifth straight week.