Blue Devils escape with 12th straight win
College Park, MD (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick made 5-of-6 three-point shots
and scored a game-high 26 points to lead top-ranked Duke to a 68-60 victory
over Maryland in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown at the Comcast Center.
The victory marked the first time in the last three seasons that Duke came
into College Park as the top-ranked team and left with a win.
“We won a terrific game tonight,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Both teams
played with all their hearts, you couldn’t find two teams who played with more
heart. Maryland played really hard tonight and they’re a very good team.”
Luol Deng collected a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, as Duke
(15-1, 5-0 ACC) won its 12th straight contest. Chris Duhon had an all-around
solid performance with eight points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
Nik Caner-Medley scored 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field and
pulled down eight boards for Maryland (10-5, 1-3). The Terrapins, who lost
their second straight, were trying to become the first unranked team since
1950 to knock off two No. 1’s in the same season. Maryland pulled out a 69-68
overtime win at then-No. 1 Florida back on December 10 in Gainesville.
Jamar Smith added 12 points and John Gilchrist chipped in 10 in the loss.
“We came out and didn’t execute the way coach told us,” Maryland guard Chris
McCray said. “We didn’t do the things we did to win ten games. We did the
things we did to lose five games. That’s why we lost.”
Duke led 35-29 at the break and opened a comfortable 49-35 advantage three
minutes into the second half. Gilchrist scored the next five points to pull
Maryland within 49-40.
The Duke lead remained between six and 10 points for the next several minutes
until the Terrapins used a 7-0 run, which was capped by Caner-Medley’s three-
pointer, to cut it to 58-55 with 4:56 left.
Redick answered with a three-pointer and Chris Duhon followed with a layup to
extend the Duke lead back to eight, but Caner-Medley sandwiched a pair of
jumpers around a free throw by Smith to pull Maryland within three again,
63-60, with 1:40 to play.
The Terps got the ball back after a missed jumper by Duhon, but Redick
stripped D.J. Strawberry on his way up for a dunk. Redick was fouled and made
two free throws.
Gilchrist missed at the other end for Maryland and Redick hit two more from
the stripe to seal it.
Redick finished 9-of-9 from the stripe, had three steals and grabbed six
“J.J. (Redick) was great for us,” Krzyewski added. “We tried to get the ball
in his hands down the stretch so when they fouled he would be the one getting
fouled, and when J.J. gets fouled he usually makes his shots.”
Duke shot just 33.8 percent from the field, but held a 49-34 advantage on the
Redick scored 11 of Duke’s first 15 points, as the Blue Devils built a 15-10
lead nine minutes into the contest. Deng threw down back-to-back dunks, and
Daniel Ewing converted a layup and two free throws to push Duke’s lead to
23-10 with eight minutes left until halftime.
The Blue Devils seemed to be taking complete control of the first half, as
Shavlik Randolph made a layup to make it 30-16 with 4:08 remaining.
But Smith drained two jumpers and a free throw to bring Maryland within single
digits at 30-21. Smith’s five points were part of the Terrapins’ 13-5 run in
the final four minutes of the half to get within six at the break.
Gilchrist’s two free throws with only a second left capped the run to trim the
Blue Devils’ lead to 35-29.