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), who shot 61 percent and used a huge first-half run to 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.
Krzyzewski continued his steady climb up the wins list by matching Knight – for whom he played point guard at Army in the 1960s.
Freshman Austin Rivers scored 15 points, Miles Plumlee had 13 points and 11 rebounds and younger brother Mason Plumlee added 13 points for Duke, which improved on a couple of streaks at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils won their NCAA-best 38th consecutive home game and their 88th in a row against nonconference opponents at home.
NO. 5 SYRACUSE 78, FORDHAM 53
In Syracuse, N.Y., Kris Joseph scored 16 points, Dion Waiters added 14 and Syracuse beat Fordham in its season opener.
Brandon Triche and C.J. Fair had nine points apiece and Scoop Jardine and James Southerland each scored seven as Orange coach Jim Boeheim emptied his bench in the first meeting between the schools since Syracuse’s 80-63 victory four years ago.
Chris Gaston and Bryan Smith led Fordham with 13 points apiece. Branden Frazier had nine points, three steals and three assists, and Kerwin Bristol had eight rebounds.
NO. 15 WISCONSIN 85, KENNESAW STATE 31
In Madison, Wis., Ben Brust and Josh Gasser scored 14 points apiece, and Wisconsin tied a team record with 15 3-pointers to easily dispatch Kennesaw State.
Ryan Evans had 13 points, and Jared Berggren and preseason All-American Jordan Taylor each added 11 for the Badgers, who made seven of their first 10 attempts from beyond the arc.
Mike Bruesewitz hit consecutive 3-pointers to cap a 16-0 run for the Badgers (1-0), who took control right from the start after Spencer Dixon banked in a 3 on Kennesaw’s first possession.
The Owls (0-1) shot just 13 percent (3 of 23) in the first half as Wisconsin built a 41-8 lead.
Markeith Cummings led Kennesaw State with 18 points, all but three in the second half.
The 31 points is the fewest Wisconsin has allowed since 1996.