Duke, Pitt hold on for wins in the Carquest Classic (38411)
Duke, Pitt hold on for wins in the Carquest Classic (38410)

The Duke Blue Devils, fighting off numerous runs by the Washington Huskies, held on to score a 86-80 win at the 2011 Carquest Auto Parts Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Duke, led by Austin Rivers and his 18 points, along with Andre Dawkins’ 17 points, held on for the win as coach Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils squandered second-half leads of 14, 16, 17 and 19 points, escaping with a 86-80 win over a scrappy Washington Huskies team, which was coached by Lorenzo Romar.

“I’m proud of our team,” said Krzyzewski after the game. “We beat a really talented Washington team. I thought Tony Wroten [23 points, five rebounds] had a great game for them. He broke us down real early in the game and had all their points. He was terrific.”

Rivers’ dad, Doc, is the Boston Celtics’ coach, while Blue Devil Seth Curry, a clever guard, is the brother of Stephon Curry, who shoots up a storm for the Golden State Warriors.

The second game, going down to the final seconds, saw the Pittsburgh Panthers escaping a scrappy Oklahoma State team, holding on for a 74-68 win after blowing a 12-point 42-30 first-half lead. The Panthers had three players in double figures: All-American Ashton Gibbs with 17 points, Nasir Robinson with 15 points and Lamar Patterson’s double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

It was a great afternoon of college basketball hoops.