Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reached a milestone by winning game No. 1,000 as the No. 5 Blue Devils bested St. John’s 77-68 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
The legendary head coach already owns four national championships and two Olympic gold medals but now Coach K is the first men’s Division I basketball coach to reach the 1,000 win mark.
The Blue Devils (17-2) led by as many as 11 points in the first half, but trailed 43-39 at the half. Trailing 61-51 with 8:35 remaining, Duke mounted a furious rally as Quinn Cook, Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor all made consecutive three-point plays to fuel a 15-1 Blue Devil run.
Jones led Duke by scoring 22 points and dishing out six assists while Okafor (17 points and 10 rebounds) and Cook (17 points) each had good second-half efforts. Junior forward Amile Jefferson chipped in 11 points while junior reserve big man Marshall Plumlee gave valuable minutes off the bench, contributing two points and five rebounds.
St. John’s (13-6) had four players in double figures, led by Sir’Dominic Pointer (21 points) and Rysheed Jordan (18 points), but ultimately ran out of gas in the last 10 minutes as the Red Storm’s lack of depth came back to haunt them.
This wasn’t Coach K’s first milestone win at Madison Square Garden. The Duke head coach passed former mentor Bob Knight on the men’s Division I basketball all-time wins list with victory No. 903 on Nov. 15, 2011 in a game against Michigan State. Krzyzewski is actually the third men’s college basketball head coach at a four-year school to reach 1,000 wins after McKendree University head coach Harry Statham and Oregon Tech head coach Danny Miles.
Former Tennessee women’s head coach Pat Summit still has the most Division I wins of any basketball coach as she registered 1,098 career wins before retiring after the 2011-12 season.
The next Division I men’s basketball coach expected to reach 1,000 wins is Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim. Boeheim currently sits at 962 career wins.