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Krzyzewski ties mentor in Duke blowout win

Duke’s Miles Plumlee, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds, drives to the basket on Khalid Mutakabbir during the second half, when the Blue Devils capitalized on a late first-half outburst to rest some of their regulars roughly 17 hours after a tough battle with Belmont.

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Duke’s Miles Plumlee, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds, drives to the basket on Khalid Mutakabbir during the second half, when the Blue Devils capitalized on a late first-half outburst to rest some of their regulars roughly 17 hours after a tough battle with Belmont.

DURHAM, N.C. — Mike Krzyzewski hustled off the court, as he has done many times during three-plus decades at Duke.

The Hall of Fame coach tried to turn this one into just another victory, and it didn't work.

This time, Coach K caught his college coach on the career wins list.

Krzyzewski tied Bob Knight atop the Division I men's list with his 902nd victory in No. 6 Duke's 96-55 rout of Presbyterian on Saturday.

"Whenever an individual coaching honor occurs, it's because of your players and your assistants and the infrastructure you build," Krzyzewski said. "You're just the recipient of a lot of good things, then, because you're the head of it. Good players and unselfish kids win a lot of ballgames."

Ryan Kelly had 17 points for the Blue Devils (2-0), who shot 61 percent and used a huge first-half run to deliver another milestone victory to their Hall of Fame coach. Krzyzewski improved to 902-284 during his 37th season as a college coach at Army and Duke. He can pass Knight, his coach and mentor, Tuesday night against Michigan State at Madison Square Garden.

Krzyzewski entered this season needing three wins to pass Knight and repeatedly has said how proud he is that the first two Division I men's coaches to reach 900 wins are a coach and his former point guard. That bond, naturally, led to some good-natured needling between the two.

"He says to me, 'Michael … can you tell your kids to win those three games real quick?' " Krzyzewski said. "I said, 'Coach, yeah, those first three, every game's important.' He says, 'No, no, not for that. I'm getting tired of saying nice things about you.'

"He says, 'Tell your players I'm getting angry, and maybe that will motivate them.' I said, 'Well, Coach, I've spent my entire life trying to make sure you haven't been angry.' "

NO. 5 SYRACUSE 78, FORDHAM 53: Kris Joseph scored 16 and Dion Waiters 14 for the host Orange in its season opener.

NO. 15 WIS. 85, KENNESAW ST. 31: Ben Brust and Josh Gasser had 14 points each, and the host Badgers tied a team record with 15 3-pointers in their season opener.

UCF 74, ST. THOMAS (FLA.) 61: Keith Clanton had 18 points and Isaiah Sykes 15 to lead four players in double figures for the host Knights, who held off the NAIA Bobcats in their season opener.

SOUTHERN POLYTECH (GA.) 54, SAINT LEO 42: The visiting Hornets made 11 of 25 3-pointers to defeat the Lions (1-1).

EVANSVILLE 80, BUTLER 77, OT: Colt Ryan hit a free throw with .9 seconds left in regulation then scored six of the Purple Aces' 11 points in overtime as host Evansville upset the Bulldogs, who reached the NCAA championship game each of the past two seasons.

COACH BLASTS LOGOS: Michigan State Tom Izzo ripped the practice of painting logos at midcourt for special events after one of his players was hurt during Friday's Carrier Classic. "We've got to get rid of those logos in the middle of the court," Izzo said. "We can put logos other places. I'll wear logos to support the people who sponsor us. They can paint me."

LATE FRIDAY: Ashley Hamilton had 23 points, Anthony Ireland added 21 and visiting Loyola Marymount upset No. 17 UCLA 69-58 in both teams' opener.

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