Day in Top 25 college basketball: Syracuse's Boeheim reaches 903 wins
Syracuse, N.Y. • Jim Boeheim notched his 903rd career victory, breaking a tie with Bob Knight for second all-time among Division I men's coaches, and No. 7 Syracuse rolled past Rutgers 78-53 on Wednesday night in the Big East opener for both teams.
Boeheim, in his 37th season at his alma mater, trails only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, who has 940 victories.
Syracuse (13-1, 1-0) has won 33 straight home games, the longest active streak in the nation, and has beaten Rutgers (9-3, 0-1) 13 straight times. The Orange's last home loss was to Georgetown, 64-56, on Feb. 9, 2011.
No. 1 Duke 67, Davidson 50 • Ryan Kelly scored 18 points to help No. 1 Duke remain unbeaten with a victory over Davidson in Charlotte, N.C.
Quinn Cook scored 15 points and Mason Plumlee scored eight of his 10 in the second half for the Blue Devils (13-0), who are one of only four undefeated teams remaining in Division I.
The game was tied 29-all at halftime before Duke opened the second half with a 12-0 run. The Blue Devils, who led by as many as 19 in the second half, heated up from 3-point range after the break, going 3 for 4 in the early minutes of the period.
Jake Cohen led Davidson (7-6) with 19 points and eight rebounds despite battling through early foul trouble, and De'Mon Brooks added eight points and 12 rebounds in the Wildcats' 24th straight loss to Duke.
The Associated Press
• No. 1 Duke 67, Davidson 50
• No. 4 Louisville 80, Providence 62
• No. 7 Syracuse 78, Rutgers 53
• No. 8 Ohio State 70, Nebraska 44
• Purdue 68, No. 11 Illinois 61
• No. 16 Creighton 79, Illinois St. 72
• No. 17 Butler 70, Penn 57
• No. 19 San Diego State 72, Cal State Bakersfield 57