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Syracuse 91, Hofstra 65

SYRACUSE, N.Y., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- DeShaun Williams scored 11 of his 14 first-half points in a key 14-2 run Tuesday night as the ninth-ranked Syracuse Orangemen remained unbeaten with a 91-65 trouncing of Hofstra in the first-ever meeting between the intrastate schools.

Williams, returning from a three-game suspension for driving under the influence, finished with 23 points and backcourt mate Preston Shumpert tallied 26 for Syracuse (9-0), which tuned up for Saturday's visit by North Carolina State.

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It was the first time in 817 contests and over a quarter century of basketball that the Orangemen were coached by someone other than Jim Boeheim, who has taken time off to undergo surgery for an enlarged prostrate.

The all-time winningest coach in Big East history, Boeheim has guided his alma mater to 608 victories. His aide during the entire tenure has been Bernie Fine, who had never coached a collegiate game until Tuesday night.

Also a Syracuse graduate, the 55-year-old Fine did serve as coach at nearby Henninger High School before accepting Boeheim's job offer in 1976. He was promoted to associate head coach last year.

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Rick Apodaca scored 22 points to lead the Pride (4-2), who had won three straight against Big East opponents.

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