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MILESTONE: Boeheim wins 900th game

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Jim started playing basketball around age 5. There was a hoop in the Boeheim driveway and they put up lights, too, so they could play when it was dark. "Everybody came to my house and we played," Boeheim said. The boys at Lyons were building a powerful team. "We had a group of seven guys that were in the same class. Freshman (basketball) we didn't lose a game. He chose the Orangemen even though they were coming off a 2 22 season under 12th year coach Marc Guley. Boeheim figured he could get playing time. "I didn't realize they had seven scholarship players ahead of me," he said.

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His family started in the funeral business in 1854. The Boeheim Funeral Home, where his family lived, was at 77 Williams St. in the center of Lyons, which is about midway between Rochester and Mbt Kisumu 42 1/3

PREVIOUSLY: Boeheim on cusp of 900 wins

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"I'm happy I've been here this long," Boeheim said after Saturday night's 85 61 win over Canisius. "When I was 17 years old I almost went home."

304 after Monday's win over Detroit. He trails only Bob Knight (902), who is retired, and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (936). Boeheim's 34 seasons of winning at least 20 games are the most in history.

BOEHEIM THROUGH THE YEARS:

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He showed up on campus in 1962 as a Skechers Shape Ups

Jim Boeheim has been Syracuse's head coach since 1976. Here, Boeheim returns to Syracuse with his team after winning the 2003 national championship. Boeheim died of cancer in 1986. He was 68, the same age that his son turned on Nov. 17. A survivor of prostate cancer, Jim Boeheim has been a leader for Coaches vs. Cancer, helping raise millions for research. Boeheim's mother, Janet, was a pretty good golfer a skill she passed onto her son and she died nine years earlier of leukemia at the age of 58.

"I've always liked it here. I don't like change that much," said Boeheim, a Hall of Fame coach whose crowning moment was winning the 2003 national championship and quieted many critics who said that his teams could never win the big game. "I just always thought I had a good job and I didn't see any place that was a better fit for me. I really never contemplated leaving ever at any time."

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After 10 years of building the Orangemen into a perennial 20 game winner, Ohio State came up for an interview in 1986. And there was often talk that his coaching style giving talented stars plenty of freedom to play would one day make him a good NBA coach.

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"You make a few choices in life," Boeheim said a few days ago from his office before practice. "And that was a good one for me."

But Jim Boeheim's choice has always been the same: Syracuse University.

Driven son

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Syracuse. Boeheim's father, Jim Sr., was a big reason he's so competitive and always has been. "He beat me every way he could, every time he could," Boeheim told Sports Illustrated in 1996.

´╗┐Syracuse's Boeheim never strayed far from home

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim looks on during the first half against Detroit on Monday at the Carrier Dome. Following a better than anyone thought it'd be college career, he flirted with playing professional basketball.

walk on player (read: no scholarship) for a program that had won just 14 games in the three seasons prior, and 50 years later his Syracuse team won the 900th game in Boeheim's 37 seasons as its head coach. James Arthur Boeheim became the third coach in NCAA Division I men's basketball history to reach 900 victories on Monday.

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