With his wife, Juli, looking on at the postgame press conference and his young children close by, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim's final remarks were not about his milestone 900th career victory.
Instead, he was thinking about two 6-year-old boys who were buried Monday, victims along with 18 other children and six adults in a shooting massacre last week at an elementary school in Connecticut.
Speaking after Syracuse's 72-68 victory over Detroit on Monday night, Boeheim said, "If we cannot get the people who represent us to do something about firearms, we are a sad, sad society."
It was a sobering end to a memorable evening for Syracuse basketball. The victory by the third-ranked Orange made Boeheim just the third Division I men's coach to reach 900 wins.