Jim Boeheim To Coach Against Duke Despite Fatal Car Accident

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim left bows his head during a moment of silence for the man killed in a fatal crash involving coach Boeheim before the team's NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Syracuse N.Y. Saturday Feb. 23 2

Syracuse Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim Kills a Man During Late Night Car Accident

"Juli (his wife) and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Jimenez family".

After Saturday's game, Boeheim made a statement addressing the Jimenez family directly.

Boeheim briefly acknowledged the crowd and then walked over to Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, a longtime friend, and the two coaches embraced.

"That was such an incredible environment". "They've always been supportive".

Syracuse police say Jimenez was an occupant in a black Dodge Charger with three others when they apparently lost control on a patch of ice and hit a guardrail before midnight Wednesday. Boeheim swerved in his SUV to avoid a disabled auto that was perpendicular across two lanes and hit Jimenez as he was trying to get to safety. Boeheim had swerved to avoid the disabled vehicle, which was perpendicular across two lanes. Jimenez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Another man in the group suffered minor injuries, police said.

Before the game Saturday, a public address announcer read, in English and Spanish, a call for a moment of silence in honor of Jimenez, who emigrated from Cuba decades ago.

Field sobriety and alcohol-sensor tests administered to Boeheim at the scene of the accident came back negative for impairment, according to Syracuse police. "I just try to play as hard as I can". After SU cut the Duke lead to two points with just over six minutes left, the Orange played 28 seconds of strong defense.

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Williamson, who stands 6-foot-7 (2.01m), has averaged 22.4 points a game. Despite four players reaching double-figures - sophomore forward Marek Dolezaj, senior point guard Frank Howard, Battle and junior forward Elijah Hughes - nobody scored more than 16 points. Authorities did not fault Boeheim, who had no alcohol in his system, for his actions before or after the crash and do not expect him to face any immediate legal ramifications for the accident. They're a tremendous offensive team.

"It's an injury you can get over in a shorter period of time", Krzyzewski said.

Asked about his decision to coach on Saturday night, Boeheim said he "felt the responsibility and obligation to my players, the members of my basketball team". "It was just great having him there".

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Zion Williamson, #1 of the Duke Blue Devils, during a game against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York, on February 23.

Several former Orange stars attended the game, including Sherman Douglas, Derrick Coleman, John Wallace, Todd Burgan and Billy Owens.

A Syracuse win over a Zion Williamson-less Duke team immediately would have functioned as another NCAA Tournament resume booster.

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