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Thursday / December 14.
  • Big Night in the Big East: Calhoun Wins 800th, James Injured, Seton Hall Alive for NIT Bid, Rutgers Falls Again

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    It was a Big Night in the Big East with many storylines unfolding…

    **Thanks to a career-high 36 points from A.J. Price and 14 points and 15 rebounds from Hasheem Thabeet, UConn coach Jim Calhoun became just the seventh coach in Division I history to win 800 career games when the Huskies (26-2, 14-2) downed Marquette 93-82 in Milwaukee. Calhoun joined Bob Knight, Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Jim Phelan, Mike Krzyzewski and Eddie Sutton as the only coaches to win 800.

    “My dad always used to tell me…’You’re always going to be judged by the company you keep,'” Calhoun said. “I looked around at that list, and I’m really happy to be in that company.”

    MOST CAREER WINS

    Bob Knight – 902

    Dean Smith – 879

    Adolph Rupp – 876

    Jim Phelan – 830

    Mike Krzyzewski – 826

    Eddie Sutton – 804

    Jim Calhoun – 800

    **Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim is not far behind. With Syracuse’s victory Tuesday night over St. John’s, Boeheim became the all-time leader in 20-win seasons with 31. He now has 791 career wins.

    **Marquette  (23-5, 12-3) suffered a heavy loss when senior guard Dominic James broke a bone in his left foot early in the first half. Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams announced after the game that James’ college career is over.

    “I hugged him before I came in here,” Williams said, his voice cracking.

    James played only 4 minutes in the first half, and the school announced after halftime that he broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. James, one of the Golden Eagles’ trio of standout senior guards, has 1,749 career points and is one of the team’s top defensive players.

    **Seton Hall (15-12, 6-9) kept its NIT chances alive by downing South Florida 75-60 at The Rock.

    Jeremy Hazell scored 20 points, including a circus layup that got him the No. 9 spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays. With his back facing the bucket, Hazell threw up a layup that caromed off the backboard and in.

    Robert Mitchell added 17 for the Pirates. Eugene Harvey added 15 after going scoreless for the first time in his career in a loss Sunday to St. John’s.

    **Rutgers couldn’t hold on to an 11-point first-half lead and lost to NOtre dame, 70-65, in South Bend, Ind.

    Luke Harangody overcame a slow start to finish with 20 points and 15 rebounds and Tory Jackson added 18 points.

    Mike Rosario, who led Rutgers with 20 points, missed a pair of free throws with 41 seconds left that would have cut the lead to one.

    (AP contributed)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.