NOW, COACH Mike Krzyzewski can truly be mentioned in the same breath as Dean Smith.
Kyle Singler scored 24 points to help No. 1 Duke beat Elon, 98-72, last night, moving Krzyzewski into a tie for second place on the all-time wins list with Smith.
Nolan Smith added 22 points as the Blue Devils (11-0) gave their Hall of Fame coach his 879th win in 36 seasons at Duke and Army.
Dean Smith spent 36 seasons at rival North Carolina before retiring in 1997 as the winningest coach Division I history.
Krzyzewski can pass Smith by beating North Carolina-Greensboro at the Greensboro Coliseum on Dec. 29. That would leave only Bobby Knight ahead of him, as Knight passed Smith with 902 wins before retiring almost 3 years ago.
"It's an honor to have won that many games," Krzyzewski said. "I'm sure Dean would say the same thing, that it was an honor for him to win that many games. I have the utmost respect for Dean - the fact that we've been really good coaches in this league . . . he was at his school a long time and I've been here a long time.
"I know we've both realized we wouldn't have won as many games without being at these schools. Again, I know it's like a milestone, but I'm more interested in how we become a better team this year."
Andre Dawkins scored 17 off the bench for Duke, which took control with a 14-0 first-half run but couldn't put away the Phoenix (4-7) until the final 6 minutes.
Coming off a 9-day exam break, Duke looked flat and a step slow against a program that had never played the nation's top-ranked team since moving to Division I in the 1999-2000 season. In fact, outside of that 14-0 spurt that gave the Blue Devils a 21-8 lead on Singler's three-pointer with 12 1/2 minutes before halftime, Elon played Duke even over the next 26 minutes and trailed, only 75-62, on a pair of free throws from Chris Long with 6:34 to play.
The Blue Devils closed it out with an 8-0 spurt led by Smith, who sat for about 9 minutes of the second half after picking up his fourth foul. He rebounded a missed jumper from Ryley Beaumont and led the break before finding Dawkins for a three while drawing a foul from Long.
Jack Isenbarger scored 19 points to lead Elon.
In other games:
* At Florida, Keith McDougald scored a career-high 18 points and Delwan Graham added two critical baskets to lead visiting Jacksonville to a 71-68 upset of No. 20 Florida.
McDougald hit both ends of a one-and-one with 31.8 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Dolphins (7-3) a 69-66 lead and hit two more with 17.1 seconds remaining. It was Jacksonville's first victory over Florida since Dec. 21, 1994.
Florida (8-3) got a season-high 21 points from Erving Walker and double-doubles by Vernon Macklin (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Alex Tyus (10 points, 11 rebounds).
* At Hartford, Conn., Kemba Walker scored 20 points and No. 4 Connecticut beat Coppin State, 76-64. Freshman Jeremy Lamb added 16 points, and Alex Oriakhi had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies (9-0).
* At Syracuse, James Southerland had a career-high 18 points off the bench, Neumann-Goretti product Rick Jackson added 18 points and nine rebounds, and the No. 5 Orange (12-0) routed beat Morgan State, 97-55.
* At Memphis, Joe Jackson had 23 points as the No. 16 Tigers (9-1) held off Texas A & M-Corpus Christi, 68-63.
* At New York, John Shurna scored 26 points and Drew Crawford had 25 to lead Northwestern to a 92-61 victory over St. Francis, N.Y., in the opening round of the Holiday Festival. The Wildcats (8-0), off to their best start since going 9-0 in 1993-94, will face the winner of the St. John's-Davidson game for the championship tonight.
* At Hampton, Charles Funches posted career highs of 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Pirates (8-2) to a 78-67 victory over Towson.
* At Cornell, Mike Muscala scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Bucknell (6-6) won its fourth straight, 75-64.
In women's games:
* At Drake, Kachine Alexander scored a season-high 26 points and No. 14 Iowa (11-1) snuck past the Bulldogs, 75-71, to give coach Lisa Bulder her 200th win with the Hawkeyes.
* At Iowa State, Kelsey Bolte scored 16 points and the No. 21 Cyclones (8-2) routed Cal State Northridge, 93-47.
* Duke is again No. 1 in the Associated Press poll, but for the first time in 3 weeks, the vote was not unanimous. The Blue Devils were off last week and received all but one of the first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.
No. 2 Ohio State has the other first-place vote and is followed by Kansas, Connecticut and Syracuse. Completing the Top 10 are Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Villanova, Missouri and Georgetown.
Kansas State was No. 11, followed by Michigan State, Kentucky, Purdue, Baylor, Memphis, Minnesota, Texas, Tennessee and Florida. The last five teams were Illinois, Notre Dame, BYU, Central Florida and Texas A & M.
In the women's poll, Connecticut, a day after winning its 88th straight game, was No. 1 for the 50th consecutive week. It is the 151st time the UConn women have led the rankings. The Huskies received all 40 first-place votes.
* Tulane sophomore guard Ben Cherry will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
* Missouri freshman point guard Phil Pressey will be sidelined at least 2 weeks after breaking his right ring finger in practice.
* Michigan State guard Korie Lucious will get no additional jail time stemming from his September guilty plea to misdemeanor reckless driving. He was sentenced to 1 day in jail, but was credited with time served. *