Legendary Syracuse player Dave Bing attended the game to support his former teammate, Boeheim.
RT @dailyorange: Syracuse legend Dave Bing at the game. Bing played alongside Boeheim at SU. http://instagr.am/p/TW2L0jSLTu/Marta ~Bonnie~ Ortiz
But celebrations started even before Syracuse secured the win. Three fans formed the “900 club,” and, with nine minutes remaining, Carrier Dome workers handed out miniature Boeheim heads, on popsicle sticks, with the words “Coach Jim Boeheim 900 wins” on the back. An announcement asked fans to stick around after the game to honor Boeheim when the Orange led by 18 in the second half.
The ‘900 club’ courtesy of the @dailyorange http://instagr.am/p/TW8KIwSLZl/Stephen Bailey
Tensions were high towards the end of the game with SU leading 67-63 with 29 seconds left and Detroit going to the foul line. But the Orange were able to secure the win 72 to 68 and the sea of Orange fans began celebrating. Boeheim was then presented with a commemorative “900” jersey.
“@JOwensBB: Congrats jim boeheim with 900 wins just behind coach k and bobby knight.. #cuse http://instagr.am/p/TXJAXDlKTG/”K.Dixon
Congrats to Jim Boeheim on win #900, all with Syracuse. That’s a whole lot of tacos.Nathan K Archambault
Congrats to Jim Boeheim for his 900 wins. Here’s hoping he sticks around for 1000… #letsgoorangeBrian Kecskemety
The head coach held a press conference following the game addressing the win. He also discussed other important issues like the tragedy in Newtown, CT and the dying newspaper industry, specifically The Post Standard going to three days a week.
#mr900 #900wins #jimboeheimAmanda Gold
RT @mark_cooperjr: And he addressed the #Newtown tragedy and gun control. Interesting, 15-minute press conference, to say the least.David Wilson
YES. RT @mark_cooperjr: Also, Boeheim commented on The Post-Standard going to three days a week. Called it/newspapers dying a "tragedy."Katie McInerney
In honor of the win The Daily Orange created a commemorative homepage celebrating the head coach along with extensive coverage of the game.
@mark_cooperjr Love the homepage!Ben Glidden
Boeheim’s #900 featured on the @dailyorange’s homepage! http://pic.twitter.com/6cEtLsADSam Edelstein
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