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Nov. 15, 2011
NEW YORK - Cheek to cheek, Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight hugged, a player and his coach celebrating a big win - one it's safe to say might never happen again in college basketball.
The man known simply as "Coach K" became Division I's winningest coach when No. 6 Duke beat Michigan State 74-69 on Tuesday night in the State Farm Champions Classic.
The Blue Devils gave Krzyzewski his 903rd win, breaking the tie with Knight, Krzyzewski's college coach at Army and his mentor throughout his professional career.
With Knight sitting across the court at the ESPN broadcast table, and with several former players in the stands - many able to attend because of the ongoing NBA lockout - Krzyzewski moved to the top of the list in front of a sellout crowd of 19,979 at Madison Square Garden.
Krzyzewski went right across the court to hug Knight when the game ended. Krzyzewski, tears in his eyes, broke away, and Knight pulled him back, hands on his shoulders, then there was one final slap of the shoulder.
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BLACKSBURG, Va. - Dorenzo Hudson scored a game-high 31 points and the Virginia Tech Hokies led from the opening tip en route to a 78-63 victory over Florida International in a second-round NIT Season Tip-Off game played Tuesday night at Cassell Coliseum.
With the victory, the Hokies (3-0) advanced to the semifinals held next week at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
"For me, selfishly, it's absolutely awesome," Tech head coach Seth Greenberg said. "I get a chance to home and spend Thanksgiving with my daughter and my mom. It doesn't get any better than that. For our team and Virginia Tech, it's a great accomplishment to be on a great stage in the world's most famous arena."
Tech will take on No. 5 Syracuse on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The Orangemen blew out Albany in another second-round game on Tuesday night. The tip-off time of the Tech-Syracuse tilt is yet to be determined.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - (AP) - Durand Scott and Malcolm Grant scored 19 points each to lead Miami past Rutgers 72-57 on Tuesday night.
Scott's running jumper with 7:13 remaining ended a Miami field-goal drought of 8:40 and stopped a 15-2 Scarlett Knights' run that cut into a 19-point Hurricanes lead.
Myles Mack's 3-pointer from the corner with 9:29 remaining capped the run and got the Knights to within six, 48-42.
Miami secured the win as Scott scored five points and Grant converted four free throws in the final 3:01.
Austin Carroll led the Knights (1-1) with 11 points and Eli Carter finished with 10 points.
Florida transfer Kenny Kadji scored 13 points for the Hurricanes (2-0).
The Hurricanes expanded a 35-25 halftime lead, outscoring the Knights 11-2 in the first 4:42 of the second half. Kadji keyed the run with five points, including a three-point play for a 45-27 lead with 15:53 left to play.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Senior forward Mike Scott had game-high totals of 18 points and eight rebounds, and junior guard Jontel Evans scored a career-high 17 points to lead Virginia to a 69-48 victory over Winthrop on Tuesday night (Nov. 15) at John Paul Jones Arena.
Virginia established a program record by making all 19 of its free throw attempts in the game. UVa's previous record for most free throws in a perfect performance was 16-16 against South Carolina on Jan. 8, 1965.
The victory improved UVa's record to 2-0, while Winthrop dropped to 0-2.
A three-pointer by freshman guard Andre Smith gave Winthrop a 44-41 lead with 10:30 left in the game before the Cavaliers finished on a 28-4 run for the victory. Evans scored 11 points and freshman guard Malcolm Brogdon had eight points in the UVa run.
Scott scored 10 first half points to lead Virginia to a 25-22 halftime lead.
Senior center Assane Sene added 10 points for the Cavaliers and Brogdon and sophomore guard KT Harrell each had eight points for UVa.
Senior guard Reggie Middleton led Winthrop with 16 points and senior guard Andre Jones had 12 points.