Kris Joseph Helps Boeheim Pass Smith on Wins List
It took OT and a career performance for Kris Joseph, but Jim Boeheim notched win #880 to pass legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith for third All-Time in career college basketball victories. Joseph dropped in what proved to be the game winner with 26 seconds left and finished with a career high 29 points in #2 Cuse's 64-61 win over #12 Georgetown.
“It’s the last game I’ll ever play against Georgetown, assuming we don’t play them in the Big East Tournament,” Joseph said. “So it was good. I feel like I came out on top in this rivalry.”
Syracuse also got a big game from sophomore center Fab Melo. After missing a number of games due to academic issues, Melo has had two strong showings in his return. This latest game saw Fab get 11 points, pull down 7 boards and swat 6 shots. Georgetown owned the boards in this game, with a 48-30 advantage, which just highlights the importance of having the big man made for Syracuse in this contest.
Georgetown was paced by yet another strong showing from freshman Otto Porter. Finishing with 14 points and 13 rebounds, Porter has been a crucial cog for the Hoyas off of the bench and almost helped them to the victory. Hollis Thompson also had a double-double for Georgetown while Jason Clark put in 12 points. Still, Syracuse moved to 24-1 and coach Boeheim entered into even more elite company behind only Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight. Cuse will look to improve their record on Saturday against a struggling UConn that many (including myself) thought might contend with them for Big East supremacy.