Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, November 12
Nov. 12, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. - Mike Krzyzewski tied Bob Knight atop the Division I men's career wins list with his 902nd victory in No. 6 Duke's 96-55 rout against Presbyterian on Saturday.
Ryan Kelly scored 17 points for the Blue Devils (2-0). They shot 61 percent and used a huge first-half run to put the game out of reach and deliver another milestone victory to their Hall of Fame coach.
Coach K improved to 902-284 during his 37th season as a college coach at Army and Duke. He can pass Knight-his coach and mentor-on Tuesday night against Michigan State at Madison Square Garden.
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech got big performances from freshmen Robert Brown and Dorian Finney-Smith and got past East Tennessee State 64-53 in the season opener for both teams played Saturday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.
The Hokies, who overcame poor shooting, won their ninth consecutive opener under head coach Seth Greenberg despite an opening-game roster that included just two seniors.
"You look around the country and you see what happened to UCLA yesterday [a loss to Loyola Marymount]," Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg said.
"You see Belmont [a one-point loss at Duke], who is picked ahead of these guys [ETSU] in their league [the Atlantic Sun].
"This time of the year is not about where you are. It's about where you're going. You just want to find a way to get through these things and find a way to win. That's why I'm proud of our guys. We found a way to win."
Brown delivered the clutch plays in the second half for the Hokies. Tech, which used a 9-0 run to lead 24-21 at halftime, made it 37-28 on a basket by Victor Davila, but saw the Buccaneers cut the lead to 40-36 with a little more than 12 minutes remaining on a basket by Marcus Dubose.
But Brown, a native of Clermont, Fla., connected on back-to-back 3-pointers right after Dubose's basket to give Tech a 46-36 lead. ETSU again got within four points, at 55-51 with 1:49 remaining, but Brown sank two free throws with 1:16 to go, and then after a Buccaneer turnover, Ty Garland hit two free throws with 1:04 remaining for Tech. ETSU got no closer than six the rest of the way.