Jones' 22 points nudge Coach K toward milestone
DURHAM, N.C. – Because all those Duke's guards put up some big numbers, their Hall of Fame coach is on the brink of an even bigger one.
Freshman Tyus Jones matched a season high with 22 points and hit a season-best four three-pointers, helping Mike Krzyzewski move one victory from 1,000 for his career in the fifth-ranked Blue Devils' 79-65 win over Pittsburgh on Monday night.
"It means we're 16-2," Krzyzewski said, referring to his team's overall record. "That's exactly what that means. And hopefully we can be 17-2 the next game we play, and that's the way we approach everything."
Coach K's first chance to become the first men's coach in Division I history to reach four figures comes Sunday against St. John's. He also has 420 ACC victories, two fewer than Dean Smith.
Nearly everyone in the backcourt played a big role in this one for the Blue Devils (16-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast), who shot 46 percent and made 11 three-pointers while holding Pitt (13-6, 3-3) to three of them.
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