Jim Boeheim to coach Syracuse against Duke after fatal car crash

Jim Boeheim has faced his share of obstacles in his long career at Syracuse, none like the one the Hall of Fame coach faces now.

When top-ranked Duke comes to town on Saturday evening for a much-anticipated rematch against the Orange, Boeheim will be dealing with many emotions. It’s the team’s first game since he struck and killed a pedestrian on a dark highway after guiding the Orange to a victory over No. 18 Louisville on Wednesday night.

Doubts about whether Boeheim might miss the game were dispelled Friday when Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack announced that Boeheim, 74, would be on the sideline.

“Our community is shaken. The Boeheim family is heartbroken over what happened, as we all are. This is a very difficult time,” Wildhack said in a news release. “I know that Coach Boeheim’s players gain strength from him, just as he gains strength from his players.”

The accident happened on a dark stretch of Interstate 690 in Syracuse. Police say Jorge Jimenez, 51, was a passenger in a car that apparently skidded out of control on a patch of ice and hit a guardrail. Police say Jimenez was trying to get to safety when he was struck by Boeheim’s SUV. Boeheim had swerved to avoid the disabled car, which was resting perpendicular across two lanes.

Jimenez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Another man in the car suffered minor injuries. Police said Boeheim has been cooperating and used the light on his cellphone to warn other drivers of the disabled car after the accident.

Sobriety tests administered to Boeheim and the unidentified driver of the other vehicle were negative for any signs of impairment, according to authorities.

Police Chief Kenton T. Buckner said Thursday evening at a news conference there was “no reason to believe that there are criminal charges that will be coming for anyone.”

Friday’s games

UCLA women

stun No. 2 Oregon

Kennedy Burke had a career-high 29 points and UCLA came back from a 22-point deficit to knock off No. 2 Oregon 74-69 on Friday night in Eugene.

Burke was 12 of 17 from the field and had seven rebounds for the Bruins (17-10, 10-5 Pac-12), who won for the eighth time in the last nine games.

UCLA outscored the Ducks 36-14 over a large portion of the second half to lead 68-60. Oregon pulled to within 70-69 on Sabrina Ionescu’s 3-pointer with 34 seconds left, but the Bruins scored the last four points at the foul line.

Erin Boley led the Ducks (24-3, 13-2) with 20 points, while Miramonte-Orinda alum Ionescu had 18. Oregon was playing without junior forward Ruthy Hebard, who injured her right knee in Monday night’s 67-62 loss at No. 12 Oregon State.

It was the first back-to-back losses for the Ducks since they dropped three in a row to end the 2016-17 season, a span of 71 games.

#12 Oregon St. 68, USC 61: Mikayla Pivec had 18 points and eight rebounds and the host Beavers (22-5, 12-3 Pac-12) used a late run to beat the Trojans (15-11, 5-10), who scored the first 16 points of the game.

Men

#21 Iowa 76, Indiana 70: Jordan Bohannon hit three 3s in overtime, including one with 20.2 seconds left, and the host Hawkeyes (21-6, 10-6 Big Ten) rallied to their fifth win in six games, sending the Hoosiers (13-14, 4-12) to their 12th loss in 13 games.

#25 Buffalo 80, Kent State 57: Nick Perkins scored a career-high 27 points and the Bulls (24-3, 12-2 Mid-American) won their 24th consecutive home game.

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