New York Colleges: Pac-12

Rapid Reaction: Duke 86, Washington 80

December, 10, 2011
NEW YORK -- It got a little scary at the end but No. 5-ranked Duke held off Washington 86-80 at the CarQuest Auto Parts Classic on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Freshman Quinn Cook, who played just two minutes in the game, came in to make 4 of 6 free throws in the final 1:26 after both Austin Rivers and Seth Curry fouled out.

“Quinn Cook really gave us some huge minutes in handling the ball and he was 4 for 6 from the line and we did hit a good percent of free throws in the last couple of minutes,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

“So, overall,” he continued, “with the foul trouble, missed free throws and playing a good opponent, I thought this was a heck of a win for us.”

HOW IT HAPPENED: It was comical when Mason Plumlee (12 points, 9 rebounds) earned the biggest ovation when he made his first free throw with 5:19 left to play, having already missed his first eight, including two airballs. It wasn’t as funny, however, when he made his second -- the latter of two with 2:17 left and Duke hanging tight to a 10-point advantage.

Duke led by 16 points with less than five minutes to play when Washington freshman Tony Wroten went on a personal 8-0 run to shrink the deficit. But the Blue Devils converted on 12 of their last 18 foul shoots over the final 2:26 to win.

But it didn’t need to be that close. In the first half, Washington didn’t shoot, rebound or defend well against the Blue Devils. Andre Dawkins started out making his first three shots, including a long jumper that gave Duke a 32-15 lead with 5:33 left in the first half. To put the first half in perspective, Duke had 10 offensive rebounds at halftime, the same number of Washington’s made field goals.

Dawkins also hit a pair of free throws in the last minute and finished with 17 points.

FRESHMEN BATTLE: Rivers hit two big three’s when it appeared that Washington was surging. The freshman guard dropped 18 points in his father’s old stomping grounds, MSG.

But the freshmen battle would go to Wroten, who carried the Huskies for most of the game and finished with 23 points on 8 of 12 shooting on the bench and 5 rebounds.

“I didn’t come here to go one-on-one against him,” Wroten said. “He played a good game and I had a good game. They won."

INJURY REPORT: Washington senior guard Scott Suggs will reshirt this season, after suffering a right foot injury Oct. 14. The Huskies’ co-captain ranked third in the PAC 12 from three-point range (45 percent).

Huskies center Aziz N’Diaye went down with a knee injury late in the second half and did not return. Reports said N’Diaye suffered a strained knee but Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said he didn’t know the extent of the injury and would not know until Monday.

UP NEXT: Duke will head back home to Durham, N.C., take on UNC-Greensboro Dec. 19 while Washington will host the UC-Santa Barbara on Dec. 16.


Rapid Reax: Marquette 79, Washington 77

December, 6, 2011

Here’s a quick take on Marquette’s dramatic 79-77 victory over Washington in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

What it means: No. 11-ranked Marquette improves to 8-0 on the season. Trailing by a point with less than 10 seconds left in the game, Jae Crowder drained a 3-pointer from the right corner to provide the winning points.

Washington falls to 4-3 on the season, after Abdul Gaddy’s well-covered shot attempt from the right wing was way off the mark at the buzzer.

The skinny: Washington got out of the gate quickly, taking an early 11-2 lead and leading to a quick timeout by Marquette coach Buzz Williams. But the Golden Eagles fought back, finally taking their first lead of the game, 27-26, with just under six minutes left in the half. The game remained tight, with Marquette taking a 37-34 lead into the locker room at the break.

The second half of this game was a incredible seesaw battle, with 18 -- yes, 18! -- lead changes, and no team leading by more than five (and that was only after the first bucket after intermission). Terrence Ross hit a tough foul-line bank shot with 17 seconds left to give Washington a 77-76 lead, and then Crowder hit the winner 10 seconds later.

Star watch: Marquette senior guard Darius Johnson-Odom did not have a very good shooting night from the field (6-for-17), but still led the Golden Eagles with 23 points. Crowder chipped in 18.

For Washington, Ross led the way with 19 points, shooting 9-for-14 from the field. C.J. Wilcox added 15 points.

Number crunch: Obviously this was a very tight game -- they don’t get much tighter. Washington was plus-14 on the boards (46-32), including 18-11 on the offensive glass. But Marquette had a 19-5 advantage on made free throws. The Huskies were just 5-for-10 from the charity stripe.

What’s next: Marquette will host Green Bay on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET. Washington will remain in New York City, playing No. 5 Duke at Madison Square Garden on Saturday at noon ET.