It was a 2nd half surge that helped the Blue Devils to a victory in Madison Square Garden, including an 18-2 run to erase a double-digit deficit and pull away. Tyus Jones led the way with 22 points, as Duke ran their record to 17-2 on the season.
Jahlil Okafor added a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Quin Cook contributed 17 points in the comeback. The Blue Devils trailed St. John's by 10 with just over 8 minutes remaining, but tight defense led to more opportunities on offense, which led to the comeback.
Duke's tight defense held St. John's without a field goal for 6 minutes down the stretch.
Sir'Dominic Pointer had 21 points and 10 rebounds for St. John's before they went cold, helping the Red Storm erase an early 11-point deficit and jump ahead of Duke. St. John's fell to 13-6 on the season.
Coach K first broke the record for most wins with win number 903 against Michigan State in November of 2011. The win moved him past his mentor Bob Knight in the record books. Krzyzewski has a career record of 1,000-308 in his 40 years of coaching. That includes going 927-249 in 35 seasons at Duke, with 11 trips to the Final Four and 4 NCAA titles.
It was a struggling road for wins number 998, 999, and 1,000, but the legendary Coach K sits atop the mountain alone with 1K.
The Blue Devils will now move on to a tough challenge, visiting the 8th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish tomorrow night, while St. John's will visit Creighton.