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Duke lifts Coach K into tie for 2nd

DURHAM, N.C. — Mike Krzyzewski gave a quick wave to the Cameron Crazies and a few claps as he walked off the floor and headed to the locker room.

The Hall of Fame coach treated it like any other Duke win at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The only notable difference? The message on the scoreboard above that read "Coach K On the Move" while noting his latest milestone.

Kyle Singler scored 24 to help No. 1 Duke beat Elon 98-72 on Monday, moving Krzyzewski into a tie for second place with Dean Smith on the all-time wins list (879).

Nolan Smith added 22 points for the Blue Devils (11-0), who didn't quite have the easiest time with a team that is 0-3 in the Southern Conference. Still, Krzyzewski is now even with the man who led rival North Carolina for 36 seasons before retiring in 1997 as the winningest coach in Division I history.

"It's an honor to have won that many games," Krzyzewski said. "I'm sure Dean would say the same thing, that it was an honor for him to win that many games. I have the utmost respect for Dean — the fact that we've been really good coaches in this league … he was at his school a long time, and I've been here a long time.

"I know we've both realized we wouldn't have won as many games without being at these schools. Again, I know it's like a milestone, but I'm more interested in how we become a better team this year."

Krzyzewski, in his 36th season as a head coach, can pass Smith by beating North Carolina-Greensboro at the Greensboro Coliseum on Dec. 29. That would leave only Bobby Knight ahead of him, as Knight passed Smith with 902 wins before retiring almost three years ago.

"Coach looks like he's just starting," Nolan Smith said. "He's eager for more wins."

No. 4 UConn 76, Coppin St. 64: Kemba Walker scored 20 and the host Huskies (9-0) ended a 12-day break for exams with a win.

No. 5 Syracuse 97, Morgan St. 55: Rick Jackson and reserve James Southerland each scored 18 and the host Orange (12-0) coasted after a 12-0 first-half run.

No. 16 Memphis 68, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 63: Joe Jackson scored a career-high 23 and the host Tigers (9-1) pulled away in the second half.


UF 95, Ala. State 38: Brittany Shine scored 28 and the host Gators (9-3) routed the Hornets.

Texas 83, USF 65: Kathleen Nash scored 16 to lead five Longhorns in double figures and Texas beat the Bulls (9-5), who got 17 from Andrea Smith.

Baylor 82, Clemson 40: Brittney Griner scored 18 and the host Bears (11-1) coasted past the Tigers.

No. 14 Iowa 75, Drake 71: Kachine Alexander scored a season-high 26 and the Hawkeyes (11-1) sneaked past the host Bulldogs to give coach Lisa Bulder her 200th win with the school.

No. 17 Notre Dame 94, Valparaiso 43: Natalie Novosel scored 18 as the Irish (9-3) had 23 steals and led by as much as 50 in the second half against the host Crusaders.

No. 21 Iowa St. 93, Cal St. Northridge 47: Kelsey Bolte scored 16 and the host Cyclones (8-2) held winless Cal State Northridge to five field goals in the first half.

Duke lifts Coach K into tie for 2nd 12/20/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 20, 2010 11:14pm]
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