Mike Krzyzewski passed Bob Knight, then spent some special time with his former coach.
The man known simply as “Coach K’’ became Division 1’s winningest coach when No. 6 Duke beat Michigan State, 74-69, last night at Madison Square Garden in the State Farm Champions Classic.
The Blue Devils (3-0) gave Krzyzewski his 903d win, breaking the tie with Knight, Krzyzewski’s college coach at Army and his mentor throughout his professional career.
Andre Dawkins had 26 points for Duke, which took control with a 20-1 run that gave the Blue Devils a 61-41 lead with 9:17 to play. Then it was just a matter of counting down the minutes until the celebration could begin.
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 NBA lockout - Krzyzewski moved to the top of the list.
Krzyzewski went right across the court to Knight when the game ended. They were cheek to cheek in a hug. Krzyzewski, tears in his eyes, broke away and Knight pulled him back, hands on his shoulders, then one final slap of the shoulder.
“I just told Coach I love him,’’ Krzyzewski said. “I wouldn’t be in this position without him.’’
Kentucky 75, Kansas 65 - Doron Lamb scored 17 points, Terrence Jones had 15, and the No. 2 Wildcats (2-0) raced to a decisive spurt at the start of the second half, passing an early-season test by beating the No. 12 Jayhawks (1-1) at Madison Square Garden in a matchup between the two winningest programs in college basketball.
Ohio State 81, Florida 74 - William Buford scored 21 points and the No. 3 Buckeyes (2-0) weathered a fast start by the seventh-ranked Gators (1-1) to win at home. Jared Sullinger added 16 points. Freshman Bradley Beal had 17 points for Florida, which has never beaten a top-3 team in a true road game.
Syracuse 98, Albany 74 - Kris Joseph and James Southerland each scored 19 points, and the No. 5 Orange beat the visiting Great Danes (1-2) in the NIT Season Tipoff. Syracuse (3-0) advances to the semifinals against Virginia Tech in New York.
Memphis 97, Belmont 81 - Will Barton scored 23 points and Wesley Witherspoon added 22 to lead the No. 10 Tigers past the visiting Bruins (0-2) in their season opener.
Baylor 77, San Diego State 67 - Quincy Acy and Quincy Miller sparked a second-half run that finally put the 11th-ranked Bears in control against the visiting Aztecs (3-1). Miller had 20 points and has led Baylor (3-0) in scoring in all three games this season. Acy had 13 points.
Xavier 86, IPFW 63 - Tu Holloway returned from a one-game suspension for playing in too many summer league games and scored 24 points, leading the No. 13 Musketeers (2-0) over the visiting Mastadons (1-1).
Vanderbilt 80, Bucknell 68 - Jeffery Taylor scored 14 points and the No. 18 Commodores (2-1) bounced back from a loss to Cleveland State to beat the visiting Bison (0-2).
Cincinnati 73, Jacksonville State 59 - Dion Dixon scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half, and the 20th-ranked Bearcats (2-0) weathered a sluggish second half to beat the visiting Gamecocks (1-2).
California 72, Austin Peay 55 - Jorge Gutierrez had 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists and the No. 23 Bears (3-0) jumped out to an early lead in a win over the visiting Governors (0-2).
Texas 100, Rhode Island 90 - J’Covan Brown scored a career-high 35 points to propel the host Longhorns (2-0) over the Rams in the first round of the TicketCity Legends Classic.
Jamal Wilson led the Rams (0-2) with 24 points.
Connecticut 112, Pacific 53 - Freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 25 points and Bria Hartley added 18 as the No. 4 Huskies (2-0) extended their record home winning streak to 85 by beating the Tigers (0-2).
Tennessee 92, Miami 76 - Taber Spani scored 20 points and the third-ranked Lady Vols (2-0) outlasted the No. 7 Hurricanes (1-1) at the State Farm Tip-Off Classic in Knoxville, Tenn.
Texas A&M 76, Louisville 58 - Kelsey Bone scored 15 points, Sydney Carter added 14, and Tyra White had 13 as the No. 6 Aggies cruised at home over the shorthanded, ninth-ranked Cardinals (1-1).
Texas A&M (2-0) received its national championship rings and unveiled a banner commemorating last season’s title in a pregame ceremony, then jumped out to an 8-0 lead.
Temple 72, Northeastern 58 - Shey Peddy’s 20 points helped the visiting Owls (2-0) gradually pull away from the Huskies (0-2), who were led by Jewel Tunstull’s 16 points.