A few SU celebrities were among the 17,903 at the Dome, including Dave Bing, Boeheim's college roommate, teammate and fellow Hall of Famer, and Roosevelt Bouie, a star on Boeheim's first team in 1976-77.
“Nobody would have thought when we had come here 50 years ago and that either one us would have had the kind of success we've had,” said Bing, currently the mayor of Detroit. “I'm so pleased and proud of him because he stuck with it. He has proven that he is one of the best coaches ever in college basketball.”
Amid of all the festivities, SU played an excellent first half, hitting five of its first seven shots to quickly go in front. Detroit stayed within range, but Southerland's five 3-pointers, four of them in a row, combined with a seven-minute Titans drought, stretched out the margin to 41-21 by halftime.
In the second half, SU's offense cooled off, going seven-for-22 from the floor, while missing all six 3-pointers it attempted. Still, with 10 minutes left, the Orange had a 61-39 lead, and thoughts turned to the post-season celebration - too soon, as it turned out.
Detroit came to life, generating a 21-4 run in the closing seven minutes. Thanks to balanced scoring, the Titans trimmed the SU margin to three. Juan Howard led the way delivering 10 second-half points. But Carter-Williams hit those late free throws, and Boeheim had win no. 900.
Win no. 899 came two nights earlier, against Canisius, who gave SU a great first-half battle but would eventually fall 85-61.
To get away, the Orange shot a blistering 21-for-34 (61.8 percent) in the second half and finished eight-for-14 from 3-point range.
Southerland broke out of a mini-slump with 21 points, while Triche added 19 points. In the previous three games, Southerland had gone 0 for 10 on 3 pointers, before snapping out of his shooting woes hitting nine of 14 shots against the Golden Griffins in 32 minutes off the bench.