No. 7 Duke beats Washington 86-60
The Washington Huskies spent almost a week in New York City.
They got to see some Broadway shows and other points of interest.
They also got to play two ranked teams in Madison Square Garden and
left the Big Apple with two losses.
Freshman Austin Rivers scored 18 points to lead No. 7 Duke to an
86-80 victory over the Huskies on Saturday. Five days earlier
Washington left Madison Square Garden after a 79-77 loss to No. 11
Marquette in the Jimmy V Classic.
”We are capable of being competitive with just about anyone,”
Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said. ”That doesn’t mean anything when
you are 4-4. You have to get over the hump. I think we will.”
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski knows how close the Huskies came to
having one heck of a week in New York.
”We beat a really talented Washington team, the team that’s two
possessions from being 6-1,” he said. ”I mean they played really
The Huskies struggled in the first half against Duke then got a
big lift in the second half from freshman Tony Wroten, who finished
with a season-high 23 points.
”We dug ourselves a big hole in the first half,” he said.
”Being down 17, 18 points, I don’t know what it was but we just
weren’t playing like we usually play. Once we got into our groove
it was a little bit too late.”
The Blue Devils overcame a 27-for-44 performance at the free
”Today, one of the stories, quite obviously, is our missed free
throws,” Krzyzewski said. ”You know, we make free throws it’s not
that close at the end. Now when you miss free throws like that, the
result can be different at the end and you can lose. And so the
fact that we did that and still won doesn’t negate the really good
performance that we had.”
The Blue Devils (9-1) seemed in control, taking a 19-point lead
three times in the second half. But the Huskies (4-4) shook off a
terrible first half and started chipping away at the deficit. They
were able get as close as six points late when Duke, which entered
the game shooting 67.4 percent from the line, made just 12 of 18
free throws over the final 2:30, including a stretch where the Blue
Devils made 1 of 2 on four consecutive trips.
”So overall, with the foul trouble, missed free throws and
playing a good opponent, I thought this was a heck of a win for
us,” Krzyzewski said.
Abdul Gaddy’s drive got Washington within 78-72 with 58 seconds
left. The Blue Devils had made 4 of their last eight free throws
when Andre Dawkins made two with 57 seconds to go. The free throw
shooting was a lot better over the final 51 seconds as the Blue
Devils made 6 of 8 with Dawkins making 1 of 2 with 7 seconds left
for an 86-77 lead. Terrence Ross hit a long 3 at the buzzer for the
final margin in front of a crowd of 15,525.
Dawkins added 17 points for Duke, while Ryan Kelly had 16 and
eight rebounds and Mason Plumlee had 12 points and nine
”We knew they would score in spurts and they did,” Dawkins
said. ”We got a little lax but we were able to finish the game
Dawkins said the trouble his teammates had at the line didn’t
”I took those free throws like they were the first of the
game,” he said. ”You can’t worry about what happened in the past.
You have to take care of right then.”
Plumlee entered the game shooting 42.3 percent from the line (22
of 52) but was just 2 of 11 on Saturday.
”That can’t happen,” Plumlee said of the free throw shooting.
”That was on me and nobody else. I’ve got a lot of work to
C.J. Wilcox added 22 points for the Huskies and Ross had 16.
The Blue Devils were in the building for the first time since
Krzyzewski became the winningest men’s Division I coach with
victory No. 903 last month against Michigan State. They have won 14
of their last 16 games at Madison Square Garden and are 22-7 there
”We love coming up to Madison Square Garden,” Krzyzewski said.
”We try to do it once every year and, great crowd, our school
loves it. … I love playing at Cameron, but outside of Cameron,
Madison Square Garden is the place.”
Rivers loves it.
”I could play here every day, this is fun,” said Rivers, the
son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers. ”We play here all the time
so we might as well get used to it.”
Rivers and fellow guard Seth Curry both fouled out, giving
valuable minutes down the stretch to Tyler Thornton and Quinn
”Quinn Cook really gave us some huge minutes in handling the
ball and he was 4 of 6 from the line,” Krzyzewski said.
Washington was playing in the Garden for the second time in five
days. The Huskies lost 79-77 to No. 11 Marquette in the Jimmy V
Classic on Tuesday. The team got to spend plenty of free time in
New York City, seeing Broadway shows and visiting the 9/11
Memorial, but the trip didn’t do much for the won-loss record.
”We concluded a very long road trip where our team has learned
some valuable lessons,” Romar said.
Dawkins had 14 points as the Blue Devils took a 40-26 halftime
lead, outrebounding the Huskies 27-18 and outscoring them inside
22-10. Washington shot just 32.3 percent in the half (10 of 31).
The Huskies were able to even the numbers out, finishing tied at 38
in points in the paint and getting within 41-36 in rebounds. They
shot 61.8 percent in the second half (21 of 34).
”I was proud that our guys didn’t quit,” Romar said. ”Our
guys hung in there, battled, scrapped.”
Kelly, who was 2 of 10 from the field in the first half, scored
seven points as Duke opened the second half on a 9-4 run to lead
49-30 with 17:53 to play.
The loss dropped the Pac-12 to 0-10 this season against ranked