College Basketball: Jim Boeheim Returns to Syracuse Sideline


Jim Boeheim, the Hall of Fame coach of the Syracuse Orange, returned to the bench Saturday night, three days after he had struck and killed a pedestrian on a darkened highway.

Boeheim’s first public appearance since the crash that killed Jorge Jimenez, 51, on Wednesday night near Syracuse, N.Y., was in a 75-65 loss at home to top-ranked Duke and Coach Mike Krzyzewski, a close friend. Boeheim, 74, in his 43rd season as coach at his alma mater, received an ovation from a record crowd of 35,642.

Reading from a statement, Boeheim said he wanted Jimenez’s family to know that he was “devastated” over his involvement in the crash. A moment of silence was observed before the game for Jimenez and his family.

The top-ranked Blue Devils (24-3, 12-2) improved to 7-0 on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In the first game between the teams, the Orange (18-8, 9-4) pulled off a 95-91 upset at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke was missing two starters — swingman Cameron Reddish and point guard Tre Jones — in that game, and it was without the injured freshman star Zion Williamson on Saturday. The freshman forward R. J. Barrett scored 30 points, leading Duke, and Alex O’Connell had 20.

L.S.U. 82, TENNESSEE 80 The freshman Javonte Smart capped a career-best 29-point performance with a crucial rebound and go-ahead free throws in the final seconds, and No. 13 Louisiana State (22-5, 12-2 Southeastern Conference) outlasted No. 5 Tennessee (24-3, 12-2) in overtime in Baton Rouge, La.

Skyler Mays added 23 points, including a game-tying 3 with 1 minute 16 seconds left in regulation for L.S.U., which pulled into a tie with Tennessee atop the SEC while playing without its leading scorer, point guard Tremont Waters.

VIRGINIA 64, LOUISVILLE 52 De’Andre Hunter scored 19 of his career-high 26 points after halftime, and No. 3 Virginia (24-2, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied from a 12-point deficit and won at No. 18 Louisville (18-10, 9-6).

KENTUCKY 80, AUBURN 53 Kentucky Coach John Calipari surpassed Joe B. Hall on the school’s all-time win list, moving into second place behind Adolph Rupp, after a victory at home over Auburn (18-9, 7-7 SEC). Calipari is 298-68 in 10 seasons with the No. 4 Wildcats (23-4, 12-2).

NEVADA 74, FRESNO STATE 68 Caleb Martin scored 24 points, and No. 6 Nevada (25-2, 12-2 Mountain West) avoided losses in consecutive games for the first time this season, beating visiting Fresno State (19-8, 10-5).

NORTH CAROLINA 77, FLORIDA ST. 59 Cameron Johnson had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 8 North Carolina (22-5, 12-2 A.C.C.) routed No. 16 Florida State (21-6, 9-5) in Chapel Hill, N.C. Luke Maye added 15 points and 11 rebounds, while the freshman Nassir Little scored 18 points, and Coby White finished with 10. The Tar Heels have won 10 of 11, remaining in a first-place tie.

HOUSTON 71, SOUTH FLORIDA 59 DeJon Jarreau scored 17 points, Corey Davis Jr. added 15, and No. 9 Houston (26-1, 13-1 American Athletic Conference) won its 11th straight game, defeating visiting South Florida (18-9, 7-7). Houston shot 48 percent and never trailed in its 33rd straight home victory.

AROUND THE N.C.A.A. Shamorie Ponds had 27 points, 5 assists and 5 steals as St. John’s (20-8, 8-7 Big East) beat visiting Seton Hall (16-11, 7-8), 78-70. … Matt Lewis scored a career-high 40 points, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that forced overtime, as visiting James Madison (13-16, 6-10) beat Colonial Athletic Association leader Hofstra (23-6, 13-3), 104-99. … Jalen Poyser had 20 points as St. Bonaventure (13-14, 9-5 Atlantic 10 Conference) routed host Fordham (11-16, 2-12), 74-53. … Ryan Schwieger had 20 points as Princeton (15-8, 7-3 Ivy League) beat visiting Columbia (7-17, 2-8), 79-61. … Darnell Edge had 22 points as host Fairleigh Dickinson (15-13, 10-6 Northeast) beat Wagner (13-14, 8-8), 74-66.



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