Men's Basketball

Boeheim apologizes, says he 'misspoke'

A contrite Jim Boeheim apologized again Friday night after another big victory.

The beleaguered Syracuse basketball coach said he had talked to some people in the community and wanted to make three points clear after the No. 4 Orange defeated No. 10 Florida, 72-68.

"I believe I misspoke very badly in my response to the allegations that have been made. I shouldn't have questioned what the accusers expressed or their motives. I am really sorry that I did that, and I regret any harm that I caused," he said.

"It was insensitive for the individuals involved and especially to the overall issue of child abuse."

He also said it was important that he get involved in terms of raising awareness.

"They need to get the message out," he said. "I'm going to do everything I can to do that, whether I'm coaching or not coaching."

This was the second game since the firing of longtime associate head coach Bernie Fine, who has been accused by three men — including two former Syracuse ballboys — of molesting them as minors. Fine, who was fired Sunday, has denied the allegations.

Just as he was in Tuesday's home win over Eastern Michigan, Boeheim was greeted by a nice ovation when he was introduced to a crowd of 24,459 at the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse (8-0) breezed to its first seven wins with an average margin of victory of 26 points, but the Gators (5-2), whose only previous loss was by seven at No. 2 Ohio State, put up a fight.

No. 13 Missouri 90, Northwestern State 56: Marcus Denmon scored a career-high 31 points and host Missouri went on a pair of big runs in a rout of Northwestern State (4-4). The Tigers (7-0), off to their best start since winning their first nine games during the 2006-07 season, had runs of 18-0 and 24-8.

Cincinnati 57, Georgia 51: Sean Kilpatrick scored 22 points, Dion Dixon added 19 and host Cincinnati held off Georgia in the Big East-SEC Challenge.

The Bearcats (5-2), playing their first road game this season, erased an 11-point deficit early in the second half with a 16-4 run capped by Dixon's layup, giving Cincinnati a 39-38 lead with 10:40 remaining.

Georgia (4-4), which has lost three straight, scored just three field goals after Gerald Robinson's layup put the Bulldogs up 38-31 with 13:02 left.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Georgia with 16 points.

Around the nation

Ohio State: The second-ranked Buckeyes will be without forward Jared Sullinger when they face Texas-Pan American on Saturday in Columbus. The sophomore will not play after suffering back spasms during an 85-63 victory over third-ranked Duke in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday. Sullinger scored 21 points against the Blue Devils.


No. 3 Notre Dame 69, Pennsylvania 38: Lexington Catholic graduate Natalie Novosel scored all 14 of her points in the first half of the Irish's rout of visiting Penn. Novosel also had three steals and two assists.