Coach K Ties Smith, No. 1 Duke Beats Elon 98-72

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Kyle Singler scored 24 points to help No. 1 Duke beat Elon 98-72 on Monday night, moving coach Mike Krzyzewski into a tie for second place on the all-time wins list.

Nolan Smith added 22 points as the Blue Devils (11-0) gave their Hall of Fame coach his 879th win in 36 seasons at Duke and Army. Krzyzewski is now tied with Dean Smith, who spent 36 seasons at rival North Carolina before retiring in 1997 as the winningest coach Division I history.

Krzyzewski 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.

Andre Dawkins scored 17 off the bench for Duke, which took control with a 14-0 first-half run but couldn't put away the Phoenix (4-7) until the final 6 minutes.

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  • by Renee Location: Grimesland on Dec 26, 2010 at 07:51 PM
    It is pittiful when all the Dukies have to whine. They all know was and is a much better coach and person than Coach Rat ever hopes to be. And NO Roy is not overrated!!! Dukies are soooooooooooooo jealous. Get a grip!!!
  • by Tommy Location: NC on Dec 22, 2010 at 07:02 AM
    Dean Smith was whiner and a cheater in pretty wrapping. Certainly nothing to worship. Coach K rocks!!
  • by billy Location: obx on Dec 21, 2010 at 11:47 AM
    dean developed 4 corners or keep away thats the whole reason they (NCAA-NBA) developed the shot clock. basketball wasnt meant to have a 20-12 score! no disrespect to dean he just wanted to win and was maybe ahead of his time in that respect, but coach k will passem all with many more wins ahead! lets go DUKE!!!!
  • by Dean Smith 4-Ever on Dec 21, 2010 at 11:17 AM
    Dean Smith was a class act. Coach K is an excellent coach as well. If I had to pick one as being "the greatest" in their time. I'd pick Dean Smith. He helped develop the game. But he did so much more than basketball. Read about him and you'll see.
  • by billy Location: obx on Dec 21, 2010 at 10:08 AM
    thats one poor roy will never get!! hes oooovveeeeerrraaaatttttteeeeddddd!!! in 3 yrs or so theyll be looking for a new coach. hes been lucky enough to show up at a school from the last coaches recruiting and win, not on his own!
  • by Duke4ever on Dec 21, 2010 at 09:35 AM
    Lets go DUKE
  • by Noheels Location: NC on Dec 21, 2010 at 07:08 AM
    Forgive me "No", I'm just a poor dumb former tarheel.
  • by Noheels Location: g'ville on Dec 21, 2010 at 05:48 AM
    To Phil: Dean is already #2, Bob Knight is number 1, read the whole article
  • by Devil4life on Dec 21, 2010 at 05:32 AM
    Way to go Coach K! Let's go DUKE!!
  • by ACC FAN Location: Greenville on Dec 21, 2010 at 04:14 AM
    Two of the all-time greatest coaches in college basketball!!!!!!!

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