MSU Falls Short Against Duke, 74-69
 
 
 
Duke forward Miles Plumlee tries to prevent a shot by Michigan State guard Brandon Wood. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
 
Duke forward Miles Plumlee tries to prevent a shot by Michigan State guard Brandon Wood. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
 
 

Nov. 15, 2011

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NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Krzyzewski passed Bob Knight, then spent some special time with his former coach.

The man known simply as "Coach K" became Division I's winningest coach when No. 6 Duke beat Michigan State 74-69 on Tuesday night in the State Farm Champions Classic.

The Blue Devils (3-0) gave Krzyzewski his 903rd win, breaking the tie with Knight, Krzyzewski's college coach at Army and his mentor throughout his professional career.

Junior guard Andre Dawkins had 26 points for Duke, which took control with a 20-1 run that gave the Blue Devils a 61-41 lead with 9:17 to play. Then it was just a matter of counting down the minutes until the celebration could get under way.

The Spartans kept Krzyzewski coaching to the final minute. They started hitting shots and forcing turnovers to close to 74-69 with 12.9 seconds left.

Curry had 20 points while Kelly added 14 for the Blue Devils, who were 10 of 21 from 3-point range.

Keith Appling had 22 points for Michigan State and Brandon Wood added 15. The Spartans finished with 21 turnovers.

Duke led 34-33 at the end of a sloppy first half. The Blue Devils were 6 of 11 from 3-point range while the Spartans were just 2 of 6. Michigan State was able to offset 11 turnovers by dominating inside, outscoring the Blue Devils 16-4 in the paint, including a 6-1 advantage in second-chance points.

Michigan State opened the season against No. 1 North Carolina last Friday in the inaugural Carrier Classic on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson.