Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) - James Southerland went 5-of-8 from 3-point range as part of a 22-point night, and No. 3 Syracuse held off determined Detroit for a 72-68 victory that gave head coach Jim Boeheim a landmark 900th career win.
Boeheim joined Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight as the only men to achieve the milestone, though the accomplishment didn't turn out to be easy after the Titans cut what was once a 22-point second-half deficit down to three in the closing seconds on the strength of a 20-4 run.
Michael Carter-Williams added 12 points and 10 assists for Syracuse (10-0), which allowed the Titans to climb back in it by shooting 35 percent in the second half and failing to record a field goal over the final 5:38 of the game.
Juwan Howard Jr. scored 16 of his 18 points after intermission for Detroit (6-5), but the Titans ultimately came up short and had a four-game win streak halted. Doug Anderson also had 18 points in defeat, with Nick Minnerath finishing with 13 on the night.