DURHAM – In fitting fashion, Mike Krzyzewski’s 900th victory at Duke came in a double-digit triumph at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Rodney Hood scored 17 points, Jabari Parker had a double-double and No. 18 Duke coasted past Florida State, 78-56, on Saturday to give the alltime leader in Division I victories another milestone.
“It’s a lot. It’s a lot of wins,” Krzyzewski said. “I thank Duke for keeping me. I’ve been blessed with being at one of the greatest schools in the world.
“Great schools don’t necessarily always have great people in command. This school has.”
Krzyzewski joins Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim as the only two coaches in NCAA history to win 900 games at one school.
Duke (16-4, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) ran away with the game in the first half. Already leading by 11, Quinn Cook hit two jumpers, one of them a three-pointer, Marshall Plumlee and Parker both threw down dunks and the Blue Devils had an 11-0 spurt to create a 20-point lead.
Florida State (13-6, 4-3) trailed by double digits the rest of the way.
Despite five players 6-foot-9 or taller in Florida State’s regular rotation, Duke outrebounded the Seminoles, 47-24, which included 27 offensive rebounds and 29 second-chance points.
“I think the more possessions we had at the basket, the more points, the more chances we get to build upon our lead,” said Parker, who scored 14 points and added a game-high 14 rebounds. “That got us back into the play where we want to be.”
Florida State, which came into the game turning over the ball at the second-highest rate in the ACC, had more turnovers than field goals at halftime.
The Seminoles turned over the ball 12 times in the first half alone, which led to 18 Duke points.
Even though the Blue Devils shot 38 percent in the first 20 minutes, they attempted 11 more field goals than Florida State and took a 43-25 lead into the break.
“You’re not going to beat a really good Duke team on the road if you turn the ball over as much as we did,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. “We dug a hole for ourselves and had a difficult time getting out of it.”
The game’s style became even more pronounced in the second half. Duke shot even worse (22 percent) but was able to win the game thanks to good free-throw shooting.
The Blue Devils went to the line 49 times, making 34 attempts, fouling out two of Florida State’s top three scorers – Aaron Thomas and Okaro White.
Thomas, the Seminoles leading scorer, had a particularly miserable day, scoring two points on 1-for-7 shooting before fouling out.
Hamilton credited the Blue Devils, whom he called “the much more aggressive team.”
Both coaches pointed to Duke’s offensive rebounding as the reason the score ended up the way it did.
“The biggest stat is our offensive rebounding,” Krzyzewski said. “Our guys were just so hungry. I mean, we have 27 offensive rebounds. I can’t remember that ever happening.”
Parker had 10 offensive rebounds Saturday, the most by a Duke player since Elton Brand in 1999, and Duke’s 27 offensive boards were the most since it grabbed 23 against Purdue in the Sweet 16 of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
“Nobody took plays off. That was the best thing,” Duke forward Amile Jefferson said. “When a shot went up, we had three or four guys under there, scrapping them out. ... We were a real hungry team (Saturday), and it showed in our ability to get our hands on balls and give ourselves extra possessions.”
White led Florida State with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Andre Dawkins and Rasheed Sulaimon both scored 11 points for Duke, while Hood added nine boards to his game-high 18 points.
Marshall Plumlee added seven rebounds and seven points off the bench for Duke.
Duke moves into an important week in the ACC. The Blue Devils travel to No. 20 Pittsburgh on Monday and travels to No. 2 Syracuse on Feb. 2.
“We got a quick turnaround now and go to Pitt,” Krzyzewski said. “These six days, (we have) two on the road and one on the road against big, physical teams. Hopefully, we have the energy to do a good job against Pitt.”
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