Everybody wanted to talk about Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim winning his 300th collegiate game.
Everybody, that is, but Boeheim.
“It doesn’t matter,” Boeheim said Friday night at Syracuse after the No. 3-ranked Orangemen rolled to their 13th consecutive win with a 105-63 rout of St. Francis of Loretto, Pa.
“We’re just trying to concentrate on the game. I don’t think anybody in any business should be looking back. You have to look ahead.”
Boeheim reached the 300-win plateau in the third fastest time ever by a major college coach.
Thirteen games into his 13th season, Boeheim’s record is 300-93. North Carolina State’s Everett Case reached 300 victories in the second game of his 13th season, while Louisville’s Denny Crum got his 300th win in the ninth game of his 13th season.
Junior forward Stephen Thompson scored 18 of his 22 points in the first 8 minutes of the second half when the Orangemen increased their lead to 84-38 with 11:56 to play. At one point Thompson scored 6 consecutive baskets.
Syracuse scored 19 straight points after Harkeem Dixon scored for St. Francis to open the second half. Sophomore forward Joe Anderson had 23 points to lead the Red Flash (3-4).
Arizona 88, Pittsburgh 62--Sean Elliott scored a record-breaking 36 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the No. 8 Wildcats beat the Panthers to win their fourth Fiesta Bowl tournament at Tucson.
Elliott, who had 17 points at halftime, added 11 in the first 4:41 of the second half as Arizona (8-1) extended a 39-30 halftime lead to 54-36, then to 64-39, while outscoring the Panthers, 25-9. With 8:10 to go after an Elliott 3-pointer, Arizona led by its largest margin, 29 points, at 74-45.
Elliott broke the tournament record of 33 points set Wednesday night by Gerald Hayward of Loyola of Chicago and bettered his career high of 35 points set in 1987 against Stanford.
Pitt is 6-4.
Iowa 96, Southwest Texas State 77--Roy Marble scored 6 of the Hawkeyes’ first 21 points in the second half as No. 9 Iowa took a 67-43 lead with 13:52 left. The Hawkeyes, aided by 3 straight technical fouls against Southwest Texas during the run, were never threatened after that at Iowa City, Iowa.
Marble scored 27 points and Ed Horton 22 as the Hawkeyes (11-1) rebounded from a 110-92 upset loss to UC Riverside earlier in the week. Southwest Texas State lost its fifth straight game to fall to 3-7.
Nevada Las Vegas 101, San Jose St. 68--The No. 12 Rebels increased their winning streak to 5 games with the easy victory in the Big West Conference opener for both teams at Las Vegas.
Sophomores Stacey Augmon and Greg Anthony led an explosive start that produced 9 3-point shots in the first 10 minutes. Reserve forward Barry Young’s 3-point shot with 10:35 left in the first half gave the Rebels a 36-14 lead and sent them well on their way to their seventh win in nine games.
San Jose is 4-6.
Stanford 89, Vanderbilt 68--Howard Wright scored 8 of his 28 points during a 20-2 run to start the second half as the Cardinal routed the Commodores to win the Vanderbilt tournament at Nashville, Tenn.
With Wright dominating the inside, Stanford (8-3) rallied from a 37-34 halftime deficit to lead, 54-39, with 12:30 left in the game. Wright started the Cardinal run with 2 free throws and added 3 inside baskets during the run.
Vanderbilt (6-6) made only 11 of 29 shots in the second half while the Cardinal connected on 22 of 28 attempts.
Oklahoma 124, Texas 95--Center Mike Bell’s 14 points late in first half helped the Sooners take a 63-37 halftime lead, and they went on to beat the Longhorns and win the All-College tournament at Oklahoma City.
Bell, a 6-6 senior subbing for the injured Stacey King, and guard Mookie Blaylock each scored 24 points as No. 6 Oklahoma raised its record to 10-1. Guard Travis Mays put on a shooting exhibition for the Longhorns in the second half, when he scored 20 of his game-high 34. Texas is 9-2.
Michigan St. 76, Oregon 61--The Ducks scored 5 straight points to pull within 46-40 with just under 15 minutes to play, but the Spartans went on a 12-2 run to take a 58-42 lead with 9:58 left and went on to win the third place game in the Far West tournament at Portland.
Ken Redfield scored 8 during the run. The 6-7 junior also had a game-high 9 rebounds. Michigan State is 9-1; Oregon is 5-5.
North Carolina St. 105, VMI 79--Guard Rodney Monroe made 11 of 15 shots, including 5 of 8 3-point attempts, to score 28 points as the 18th-ranked Wolfpack eased past the Keydets at Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina St. is 6-1; VMI 3-3.
Princeton 69, South Carolina 58--Bob Scrabis scored 26 points, including 4 of the Tigers’ 10 3-pointers in handing the No. 16 Gamecocks their second straight defeat in the consolation game of the Georgia tournament at Atlanta.
The Gamecocks, who lost to La Salle Thursday night, are 6-2. Princeton improved to 6-3.
After John Hudson’s dunk got South Carolina to within 63-58 with 55 seconds left, Princeton got 4 free throws from Marquardt and 2 from Scrabis to clinch the victory.
Southern Illinois 85, Wyoming 80--Kai Nurnberger scored 27 points to lead the Salukis over the Cowboys in the championship game of the Wyoming tournament at Casper, Wyo.
Wyoming (6-5) moved to within 3 points with 9 minutes to play, but Reggie Fox was called for double-dribbling, which negated a Cowboy basket. The reaction from Coach Benny Dees resulted in a technical foul. Southern Illinois (10-3) made the free throw and followed with a basket for a 6-point lead.
Pennsylvania 70, Washington 69--Tyrone Gilliams made 2 free throws and a driving layup in the final 2:14 as the Quakers rallied to edge the Huskies in the third-place game at the Miami tournament at West Palm Beach, Fla.
The Huskies scored only once in their final 5 possessions. They committed 2 turnovers, missed 2 free throws and shot an air ball. The last turnover came when Maurice Riggs was called for traveling at midcourt with 2 seconds left.
Walt Frazier scored 19 points to lead Penn (3-4), which broke a 3-game losing streak. Eldridge Recasner came off the bench to score a season-high 28 points for Washington (3-6), which lost its fourth straight game.
Virginia Tech 97, Virginia Commonwealth 91--Bimbo Coles converted both shots of a technical foul, Wally Lancaster followed with a 3-point shot, and the Hokies pulled away from the Rams to win the Richmond tournament at Richmond, Va.
Virginia Commonwealth (5-4), which trailed most of the first half but took the lead twice after intermission, was down, 67-66, with 9:53 left when Coach Mike Polio was whistled for the technical. Coles, who scored 32 points, made both free throws and Lancaster hit the 3-pointer 5 seconds later to put the Hokies (6-3) ahead, 72-66.
Lancaster, who scored 27, made 3 from 3-point range as he extended his NCAA streak to 56 straight games with a 3-point basket.
Kansas 82, Southwest Missouri State 73--The Bears closed within 4 points three times in the second half, the last time at 71-65 with 6:18 left when Keith Jackson and Hubert Henderson made two straight baskets. But Milt Newton made a dunk shot, and Scooter Barry hit a follow shot as the No. 20 Jayhawks made it 74-65 with 5:01 left in the title game of the Kansas tournament at Kansas City.