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Sweet No. 903: Coach tops Knight in wins

PHILADELPHIA — Herb Magee has passed The General.

No men's coach at any NCAA level has more wins than the Division II lifer — make it No. 903 for Magee, who has spent 43 years at Philadelphia University. He moved past Hall of Famer Bob Knight to become the winningest men's coach in NCAA history Tuesday night.

Magee, 68, set the mark with a 76-65 win over Goldey-Beacom College. He has spent 50 years at the school, counting time as a player and assistant coach.

"It's really hard to win games," said Magee, who led the program to a national title in 1970.

Knight won 902 games and three national titles in a 42-year career with Army, Indiana and Texas Tech. Northern State coach Don Meyer, who announced his retirement Monday, has 922 wins between the NAIA and NCAA.

Fans started bellowing "903! 903!" over the final minutes, and students stormed the court in celebration.

"When the game started, you could see the enthusiasm, and I'm sure these guys felt it," Magee said. "I think every student in school was here, along with the faculty and administration. It was amazing, just amazing."

Magee ended his playing career with the Rams as the school's leading scorer and bypassed a tryout with the Boston Celtics after they drafted him in 1963. He has turned down offers at the D-I level and NBA assistant ranks.

Magee stayed for this moment. He was introduced as "the man who should be in the Hall of Fame" before saying a few words to the crowd of 2,500: "This is a wonderful, wonderful night. Thanks for all your support."

No. 4 Syracuse 99, Providence 85: Rick Jackson scored a career-high 28 for the visiting Orange (26-2, 13-2 Big East), which clinched a double-bye into the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

No. 6 Kansas St. 83, Texas Tech 64: Jacob Pullen scored 21 of his 28 in the first half to lead the visiting Wildcats (23-4, 10-3 Big 12), who earned their sixth straight win.

No. 10 New Mexico 72, Colo. St. 66: Dairese Gary scored 23 and went 7-of-7 from the free-throw line to lead the visiting Lobos (26-3, 12-2 Mountain West).

No. 11 G'town 70, Louisville 60: Austin Freeman scored 24 of his 29 in the second half and the visiting Hoyas (19-7, 9-6 Big East) bounced back from consecutive losses.

Evansville 55, No. 25 Northern Iowa 54: James Haarsma had 12 points and eight rebounds to help the host Purple Aces, who had lost 17 of 18, pull off the upset. Jake Koch scored 22 for the Panthers (24-4, 14-3 Missouri Valley).

Miami 74, Virginia 62: Dwayne Collins scored 18 and Julian Gamble had a season-high 13 for the host Hurricanes (18-9, 4-9 ACC).

USF women stumble

TAMPA — USF suffered another blow to its postseason hopes, falling 72-62 to Providence at the Sun Dome.

KaNeisha Saunders scored 23 and Leondra Doomes-Stephens 22 — both season highs — for the Bulls (14-13, 5-9 Big East), who lost for the fifth time in six games. Jessica Lawson had a double double with 10 points and 12 rebounds but went 3-of-16 from the field.

Chelsea Marandola scored 24 for the Friars (16-11, 7-7).

No. 7 Notre Dame 82, Marquette 67: Melissa Lechlitner scored a career-high 23 for the host Fighting Irish (24-3, 11-3 Big East).

No. 8 W.Va. 64, Cincinnati 43: Liz Repella scored 20 to lead the visiting Mountaineers (25-3, 12-2 Big East).

No. 13 G'town 70, Villanova 54: Sugar Rodgers scored 23 for the visiting Hoyas (23-4, 12-2 Big East), who have won six of seven.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

Sweet No. 903: Coach tops Knight in wins 02/23/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 12:24am]
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