Duke Loses at Maryland

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Duke at Maryland

Duke, ranked No.2 in the nation went to ACC rival Maryland Saturday evening.  Maryland has not had its best year, but they were home against Duke.  That means something.  You have the number 2 team coming into your “house”, and you are determined to let them leave with their tails between their legs.

That’s exactly what happened.  Mason Plumlee, ACC player of the month was dominated by the Terrapin’s center Alex Len.  Plumlee fouled out of the game with only 4 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists.  Len had 19 points, and 8 rebounds as Maryland won 83-81.

Curry had 25 for the Blue Devils, but couldn’t connect in the final 2 minutes.  Cook added 18 and Sulaimon 16.  Hairston added 11 from the bench.

Duke failed to make free throws in the final three minutes, and Maryland ceased to make turnovers.

Coach “K’s” team came back at the beginning of the second half from a 10 point deficit by creating turnovers and scoring on the resulting possessions.  With 25 turnovers it appeared Maryland had lost control of the game.  But coach Turgeon got them under control and outlasted the Blue Devils.

With 17 seconds left, Rasheed Sulaimon made all three free throws when he was fouled on the sideline.  Quinn Cook fouled Seth Allen with 3 seconds left in the game.  Quinn Cook missed a 28 footer, and the game was over.

Duke is now 22-3, but 9-3 in the ACC.  Miami (of Florida) is 11-0 in the conference.  Monday’s top 25 will undoubtedly see Duke falling from its No.2 spot.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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