No. 5 Duke rallied for a 77-68 victory over St. John’s as head coach Mike Krzyzewski became the first Division I coach in college basketball history to reach 1,000 career wins.
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Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski has cemented himself as one of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time, and he put another stamp on his legacy with his 1,000th career win.
This makes the coach popularly known as “Coach K” the first to reach this incredible milestone. The fifth-ranked Blue Devils defeated St. John’s, 77-68, to improve their record to 17-2.
Krzyzewski’s coaching rubbed off on his team in this historic victory as they overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half with eight minutes remaining.
A 17-3 run sparked the Blue Devils to a strong finish as they sealed the game with clutch free throws in the final three minutes.
Guard Tyus Jones led Duke in scoring with 22 points while center Jahlil Okafor continued to be a double-double machine with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Krzyzewski is now in his 35th season with Duke, and he has led the program to four national titles, 11 Final Four trips and 12 ACC conference championships.
His tutelage has also produced prominent NBA players such as Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving and Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick along with past players such as Detroit Pistons small forward Grant Hill.