Victory No. 800 reminded Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun of something his father once told him as a boy: You're always going to be judged by the company you keep.
And with the second-ranked Huskies' 93-82 victory over No. 8 Marquette last night, Calhoun joined Bob Knight, Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Mount St. Mary's Jim Phelan, Mike Krzyzewski and Eddie Sutton as the only coaches to win 800 games in Division I history.
"I looked around at that list, and I'm really happy to be in their company," Calhoun said.
A.J. Price scored a career-high 36 points for the Huskies (26-2, 14-2 Big East), who broke Marquette's 17-game home winning streak.
And the Golden Eagles (23-5, 12-3) paid a heavy price, as senior guard Dominic James broke a bone in his left foot in the first half. Coach Buzz Williams announced after the game that James' college career is over.
"I hugged him before I came in here," Williams said, his voice cracking.
Virginia Tech 80, No. 12 Clemson 77: : Malcolm Delaney (Towson Catholic) scored 26 and the visiting Hokies (17-10, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended a three-game losing streak. The Tigers (22-5, 8-5) missed a final shot to tie.
Bowie State 67, Virginia Union 43: : Britney Jackson scored a game-high 15 points, and Bianca Lee and Teaunsha Robinson (Poly) added 13 each as the Lady Bulldogs (18-10) advanced to the semifinals of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament in Charlotte, N.C. Lakisha Walker (St. Frances) had a team-high seven rebounds.
Albany 92, UMBC 80: : Freshmen Michelle Kurowski (25 points) and Katie Brooks (15 points) led the visiting Retrievers (14-13, 6-8 America East) in a losing effort against the Great Danes (4-22, 2-11).
Navy 59, American 56: : K.C. Gordon made a three-pointer and two free throws in the last 4.6 seconds to lift the host Midshipmen (14-14, 7-6 Patriot) over the Eagles (18-10, 8-5).
McDaniel 59, Dickinson 58: : Ali Moreland (13 points) made a layup with nine seconds left to lift the Green Terror (15-11) over the Red Devils (14-12) in the first round of the Centennial Conference tournament.