Monday , Feb , 23 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Duke ends slide with rout of Maryland; Terps in trouble

Durham, NC (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick finished with 20 points and Shelden
Williams added 18 points and 11 rebounds, as No. 3 Duke routed Maryland,
86-63, in a battle between ACC rivals at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The win allowed Duke (22-3, 11-2 ACC) to tie Pittsburgh for the nation’s
longest current home winning streak at 40 games, while also snapping a two-
game losing streak. Ironically, the Blue Devils’ last home loss came back in
the 2000-2001 season when Maryland pulled out a victory in Durham.

Luol Deng chipped in 17 points to help Duke avoid its first three-game losing
streak since the 1995-96 season. The Blue Devils used a stifling defensive
effort to record the win, with Sean Dockery leading the way with six of Duke’s
16 steals.

“Our guys really responded well to what’s happened this week, losing two
really tough games. We came out and I thought played really well today. We got
back to playing better defense,” explained Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

John Gilchrist led Maryland (13-10, 4-8 ACC) with 14 points and eight boards.
Travis Garrison was the only other Terrapin in double figures with 11 points,
but it was not enough to keep Maryland from dropping its third straight game.

The Terrapins are now in serious jeopardy of missing the NCAA Tournament for
the first time in 11 years. Maryland has qualified for 10 straight NCAA
Tournament berths since 1994, but will need a strong finish to this season to
continue the trend.

Maryland led 11-9 before the Blue Devils scored nine straight points, sparking
a 19-3 burst that spanned five minutes of action. Duke’s tenacious defensive
pressure continuously forced turnovers, leading to easy baskets on the other
end of the floor. During the spurt Maryland turned the ball over on six of 10
possessions. Redick hit two three-pointers during the run and Deng capped it
with a dunk, giving Duke a 28-14 advantage midway through the first half.

“When they get on a roll, they roll probably as well as anyone in the
country,” Maryland head coach Gary Williams said. “We tried to stop them with
timeouts in the first half, but the thing you find out over the years is that
you have to score. You have to match their offense with your offense, and we
couldn’t do that today.”

The domination continued for the Blue Devils and they eventually went into the
locker room with a 45-28 advantage. Deng and Redick each had 11 points in the
opening half.

Maryland, which committed 15 turnovers in the first 20 minutes, was led by
Gilchrist’s 12 points.

Duke’s lead quickly ballooned to 23 points with eight of the first 10 points
of the second half. Williams started the scoring with a short jumper and Deng
followed with a three-point play. Redick then closed out the burst with a
three-pointer to give the home team a commanding 53-30 advantage.

The Blue Devils’ cushion rarely slipped under 20 points throughout the
remainder of the second half and they cruised to the easy victory.

“This was a very important game. Nobody wants to lose two in a row, and
definitely nobody wants to lose three in a row,” Deng said. “If you lose three
in a row, there will start being a lot of questioning about our losing

Maryland was outperformed in just about every aspect of the game and finished
with 23 costly turnovers. The Blue Devils shot the ball extremely well — to
the tune of 50 percent — while the Terrapins hit only 38 percent of their
shots. Additionally, Duke hit 23-of-29 free throws (79 percent), compared to
14-of-27 shooting (52 percent) from the line for Maryland.

The Blue Devils have won 14 of the last 18 meetings and hold a 99-55
advantage in the all-time series between the schools.

Maryland suffered its worst loss of the season. Prior to the contest, the
largest margin of defeat was 14 points, 82-68, against Gonzaga.