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.


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.


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

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