Men's Basketball ACCtion: Wednesday, December 29

Dec. 29, 2010

880! Coach K Makes History

Mike Krzyzewski one-upped his longtime rival. Now there's only one man with more victories than Duke's Hall of Fame coach - his former mentor.

Krzyzewski moved past rival Dean Smith into second place on the men's all-time wins list Wednesday night, claiming his 880th career victory with the top-ranked Blue Devils' 108-62 rout of UNC Greensboro.

He trails Bob Knight, who mentored and coached him at Army on the way to 902 wins. One fan in the stands held a sign that said: "You're next, Bobby.''

When the buzzer sounded, Krzyzewski hugged UNC Greensboro coach - and former assistant - Mike Dement before making his way across the court for a television interview. The Hall of Fame coach waved to the Duke fans who helped pack the 23,000-seat Greensboro Coliseum.

Kyle Singler scored 27 points and Nolan Smith had 22 of his season-high 26 points in the first half for the Blue Devils (12-0), who shrugged off an eight-day break and shot a season-best 60.9 percent, scored 42 points off 23 turnovers and hit the 100-point mark for the second time.

The reigning national champions won their 22nd straight, pushing Krzyzewski past the man who coached the Tar Heels for 36 seasons before retiring in 1997 as the winningest coach in Division I history. Knight then passed Smith and retired nearly three years ago.

Seth Curry scored 15 points, Miles Plumlee and Andre Dawkins added 11 apiece and Ryan Kelly scored 10 for the Blue Devils, who hadn't played since Dec. 20. This was their fourth straight game without freshman point guard Kyrie Irving, who averages a team-best 17.4 points but remains out indefinitely with an injured big toe on his right foot.

They certainly didn't need him against the winless Spartans, who offered little resistance in falling to 0-3 against No. 1 teams in the program's history.

Duke opened the game on a 15-2 run, went up by double figures to stay roughly 6 1/2 minutes in, and outscored UNC Greensboro 22-7 midway through the half to open up a permanent 20-point lead. Singler's jumper in traffic with about 7:15 left made it 39-15 and Smith's fast-break dunk roughly 5 minutes later gave the Blue Devils their largest lead of the half, 49-24.

Clemson Tops ECU, 71-59

East Carolina survived foul trouble and an intimidating performance by Clemson forward Jerai Grant.

But Zavier Anderson, a 5-foot-9 former walk-on, came off the Clemson bench to thwart a Pirates' rally as the Tigers held on for a 71-59 victory Wednesday night.

In a span of less than a minute, Anderson grabbed back-to-back offensive rebounds - tipping in the second for a basket - hit two foul shots and found Milton Jennings open for a dunk. The six-point flurry gave the Tigers a 64-53 lead with 4:29 left after the Pirates had closed a 14-point deficit to five.

Grant had 18 points and blocked a career-high eight shots for the Tigers (10-4), who won their fifth straight game. Jennings had 13 points and Andre Young added 11.

But it was Anderson, a senior who logged only 44 minutes of playing time in his first three seasons, landing the quick knockout blows.

Terps Run Past North Florida, 85-62

Jordan Williams had just completed his seventh straight double-double, yet he knew the conversation would soon turn toward the one flaw in his game: his performance at the free throw line.

Williams had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Maryland got 15 points from Sean Mosley in an 85-62 victory over North Florida on Wednesday night.

Williams' run of double-doubles is the longest by a Maryland player since Joe Smith had seven straight in 1995. But he missed nine of 10 foul shots, and that was clearly on his mind when he sat down for his postgame interview.

Cliff Tucker scored 14 and freshman Terrell Stoglin added 13 for the Terrapins (9-4). Maryland led 48-40 before Tucker contributed seven points to a 14-0 run that boosted the margin to 22 with 11:50 to go.

Eagles Fall Short Against Rhode Island, 67-65

Nikola Malesevic scored 16 points and Rhode Island held off Boston College 67-65 on Wednesday night.

Akeem Richmond added 15 points, Orion Outerbridge 12 and Marquis Jones 11 for the Rams (9-4).

Rhode Island led by as many as 12, 26-14, in the first half and held a 39-30 advantage at halftime.

The Eagles (10-3), who had a seven-game winning streak snapped, took a 41-39 lead with 16:27 left and held the Rams scoreless for nearly the first 4 minutes of the second half.

Richmond Pulls Away For 90-74 Defeat of Wake Forest

Wake Forest saw its 17-game winning streak over Richmond come to an end, as the Spiders pulled away midway through the second half for a 90-74 victory over the Demon Deacons on Wednesday evening at the Robins Center.

With the game tied 54-54 at the 11:00 mark, Richmond (11-3) scored 11 straight points over the next minute and a half to take control of the game. Wake Forest (6-7), which had trailed for most of the game but was able to pull even twice early in the second half, could not get within six the rest of the way.

Richmond native Travis McKie led five Deacons in double figures with 19 points. McKie also led the team in rebounding with seven boards.

Gary Clark and C.J. Harris scored 14 points apiece. Clark went 4-of-5 from 3-point range, while Harris was a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line.