Syracuse (WSYR-TV / AP) - With his wife, Juli, looking on at the postgame press conference and his young children close by, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim's final remarks were not about his milestone 900th career victory.
Instead, he was thinking about two 6-year-old boys who were buried Monday, victims of the shooting massacre last week at an elementary school in Connecticut.
Speaking after Syracuse's 72-68 victory over Detroit Monday night, Boeheim said, "If we cannot get the people who represent us to do something about firearms, we are a sad, sad society."
“I’m a hunter, I've hunted, and I'm not talking about rifles, that's fine. If one person in this world can tell me why we need assault weapons with 30 shots in the thing… this is our fault. This is my fault, your fault,” Boeheim also said.
It was a sobering end to a memorable evening for Syracuse basketball. The victory by the third-ranked Orange made Boeheim just the third Division I men's coach to reach 900 wins.