Published: Wed, February 27, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Jim Boeheim will coach against Duke Saturday; Williamson expected to sit

Jim Boeheim will coach against Duke Saturday; Williamson expected to sit

Without Zion Williamson, Duke (24-3, 12-2 Atlantic Coast) snuck by Syracuse (18-9, 9-5) and its 35,642 fans on Saturday, 75-65.

"As Chancellor Syverud and Director of Athletics John Wildhack have said, our entire Syracuse University family extends our deepest condolences to everyone impacted by this loss", Boeheim said in reading the statement. "The grief and pain his family is feeling at this time is, simply put, unimaginable".

Jorge Jimenez, 51, had exited his vehicle after striking the guardrail on Interstate 690 when Boeheim's vehicle hit him.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim waits for the team's NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Wildhack echoed police, saying Boeheim "is in contact with local authorities and cooperating fully". Police said neither driver involved in the crash was under the influence of alcohol.

A message was read by the arena's public-address announcer in both English and Spanish, recognizing those affected by the tragedy and honoring the life of Jimenez, followed by a moment of silence. Soon after, during the national anthem, Boeheim wiped tears from his eyes.

The 74-year-old is in his 43rd season as Syracuse's head coach.

"For the majority of people, it's probably been good for them", Williams said. Then Boeheim returned to full practice Friday. "Definitely the loudest environment I've ever played in", said Ennis.

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"I am heartbroken that a member of our community died as the result of last night's accident", Boeheim said in a prepared statement. "We've reached out to the family".

Boeheim tried to avoid the vehicle in the middle of the road, the DA said. "I feel like college is something I couldn't miss out on".

In that game, star freshman Zion Williamson sustained an injury just 36 seconds into the first half, and never returned to the court.

Watch the replay of Saturday's win against Syracuse. They would go on to get upset in Cameron Indoor Stadium, losing 88-72.

For his part, Williamson has suggested all season that playing one year at Duke was a priority for him.

"It's an injury you can get over in a shorter period of time", Coach K said. There's nothing like this when a human life is lost and you are there. I can't describe it to you.

Syracuse led almost the entire first half and went into the locker room with a 34-29 lead.

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