MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2003
Hugh Durham Gets Win No. 600
Jan 25, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Hugh Durham became the 10th active coach to reach 600 career wins when Jacksonville beat struggling Gardner-Webb 87-75 on Saturday night.
Durham joined Jim Phelan, Bob Knight, Lou Henson, Eddie Sutton, John Chaney, Lute Olson, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Calhoun and Jim Boeheim as the only active coaches with 600 victories.
Durham is just the 32nd Division I coach to reach that milestone.
"I'm glad to get it on the first try because I didn't want the pressure to build about it," said Durham, who has coached a combined 35 years at Florida State, Georgia and Jacksonville. "I'm glad it's out of the way."
Following the game, school officials presented Durham with a large cake as fans streamed onto the court to celebrate. Durham addressed the crowd and his players on the public address system, thanking them for their support.
"Six hundred wins is nice to have, but you need good players to get wins," Durham said. "And you need good assistant coaches to recruit those good players. I've been fortunate and blessed to have had both during my career, which has enabled me to accumulate the wins."
He is one of 11 coaches to take two schools to the Final Four, leading Florida State to the national title game in 1972 and Georgia to a third-place finish in 1983.
Durham, 65, is expected to reach another significant milestone next month. He is scheduled to coach his 1,000th game Feb. 15 when the Dolphins host Florida Atlantic. The only active coaches to have coached that many games are Phelan, Henson and Knight. Sutton is scheduled to coach his 1,000th on Feb. 5.
"Coaching centers around enjoying it and if you aren't enjoying it, then you aren't being fair to yourself and your players," Durham said. "I'm just happy to win tonight and to start thinking about our next game on Thursday against Jacksonville State."
Calvin Warner scored a career-high 35 points, including 23 in the second half, to pace the Dolphins (9-10, 4-3 Atlantic Sun), who have won five of their last six.
Warner shot 16-of-21 for the highest points total by a Jacksonville player since Dee Brown scored 41 against Old Dominion in 1990.
Jacksonville took the lead for good midway in the first half when the Dolphins went on a 12-0 run to open up a 28-19 lead.
Warner had two dunks in the opening minute of the second half, and the Dolphins increased the lead to as many as 20. A flurry of late 3-pointers helped Gardner-Webb (2-16, 1-6) make the score appear closer.
Tim Behrendorff led Gardner-Webb with 17 points.
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