Duke holds off WashingtonDec 10, 2011 - 9:52 PM New York, NY (Sports Network) - Austin Rivers scored a team-high 18 points, and No. 7 Duke held off Washington, 86-80, at Madison Square Garden.
Andre Dawkins chipped in 17 points and Ryan Kelly added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Blue Devils (9-1), who got a combined 21 points and 16 boards from Mason and Miles Plumlee in their second straight win.
Tony Wroten and C.J. Wilcox paced Washington (4-4) with 23 and 22 points, respectively, but the Huskies dropped their third consecutive game.
Wroten scored three straight field goals late in the second half, and his left-handed scoop pulled Washington within 74-64 with 3 1/2 minutes to play.
Rivers committed his fifth foul with 2:48 on the clock, and Wroten made two free throws for an eight-point game, the first time since the midway point of the first half the difference was single digits.
The Blue Devils did not make a field goal inside of four minutes, but got to the line on nine consecutive possessions and made 12-of-18 from the stripe to seal the victory.
Both offenses started slow, particularly Washington's, which didn't hit a field goal until five minutes had passed.
Duke crept out to an 8-2 lead by that time, then started attacking the basket, as Mason and Miles Plumlee threw down dunks on consecutive possessions during a 10-3 run that pushed the margin to 23-11.
The Blue Devils led by as many as 19 in the first half and took a 40-26 advantage into the locker room.
The Pac-12 is 0-10 against ranked foes this season...Aziz N'Diaye, Washington's leading rebounder, suffered a knee injury early in the second half and did not return...Terrence Ross totaled 16 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies...Duke attempted 44 free throws and made 27 (61.4 percent)...Washington shot just 57 percent from the foul line (13-of-23).
- WASHINGTON: 80
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- WASHINGTON: 26
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- WASHINGTON: 0
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