Coach K Gets #700 against Toledo

The Blue Devils returned to the court after nearly a week off and delivered head coach Mike Krzyzewski's 700th career victory with a 82-58 win over Toledo.

Mike Krzyzewski celebrated his latest milestone in style, sitting on the bench while being serenaded with chants of "700!" by the Cameron Crazies he helped create.

On a court that bears his moniker, Coach K became the sixth active coach to reach 700 career victories, watching as Shelden Williams finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds to help No. 9 Duke beat Toledo 82-54 on Sunday night.

    During a brief ceremony after the game, Krzyzewski thanked several people within the program, including current and past players, former athletic director Tom Butters and the students that pack Cameron Indoor Stadium for every game.

He also gave a nod to former coach and mentor Bob Knight, the only one to reach 700 faster than Krzyzewski. Both started their career with successful tenures at Army where Krzyzewski played under Knight.

"There's no greater teacher for me than Bob Knight," he said. "There must be something about those old Army coaches."

J.J. Redick scored 14 points and Daniel Ewing added 13 for the Blue Devils (6-0).

Krzyzewski, whose record is 700-240, clearly was focused on this game, not the achievement. In the first half, with Duke leading by 11 points, he berated referees Jamie Luckie and Ray Nattili for what he thought was a kicked ball infraction by the Rockets.

During a timeout, Krzyzewski continued the "discussion," but he avoided a technical. Not even the officials wanted to ruin this night for him.

The Blue Devils hadn't played in eight days, an exam-induced layoff that led to some expected rustiness in the first half. The Rockets (1-4) made their first five shots and led 10-2, quieting the Cameron Crazies for a bit.

An 11-0 run gave Duke the lead for good, and the second half was nothing more than a countdown to the inevitable. Toledo went more than 8 minutes without a basket - missing 11 straight shots to fall way behind.

Ewing and Williams did most of the damage during the spurt, combining for the first 16 points after halftime. Bothered by foul trouble in the opening half, Ewing returned with a vengeance, going outside for a 3-pointer and then taking a beautiful lob pass from DeMarcus Nelson for a dunk.

Even crowd favorite Reggie Love got in the act, rebounding a miss by Redick and leaping for a slam. That was part of 17 straight points by the Blue Devils, and Nelson finished it off with a layup to make it 63-38.

The Rockets, the preseason favorite in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference, beat Nevada 83-75 last week for their only victory of the season. That came at home, and they started a four-game road trip with their first visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Leading scorer Florentin Valencia, who was averaging 15.5 points, struggled throughout and finished with only four points. Keonta Howell led Toledo with 13.

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