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Boys' basketball: Mater Dei gives McKnight record 844th victory

January 18, 2010 |  3:51 pm

In Springfield, Mass., Santa Ana Mater Dei gave Coach Gary McKnight his state-record 844th career victory with a 79-71 win over Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha in the Hoophall Classic.

McKnight becomes the winningest basketball coach in state history. The Monarchs improved to 16-1 this season and were led by UCLA-bound Tyler Lamb, who scored 23 points, made nine of 14 shots and had 11 rebounds.

McKnight has coached for 28 years and has a career record of 844-77.

Last week, on the verge of getting the record, McKnight said, "It means we've had a lot of good players for a lot of years. I really enjoy what I'm doing. I go to work with a smile on my face."

-- Eric Sondheimer