COLLEGE PARK -- How it happened: In a wild finish that saw Duke miss a last second 3-pointer, Maryland secured its best win of the season, beating the Blue Devils 83-81. The Terps led for most of the second half before a furious Duke comeback in the final two minutes.
Freshman guard Seth Allen won the game by making two free throws with less than 3 seconds left. Allen got to the line on a daring drive after Duke freshman Rasheed Sulaimon tied the game by hitting three free throws at the other end. Sulaimon was fouled on a 3–point attempt.
The scene following Maryland’s win was chaotic, with fans storming the court and sophomore forward Dez Wells standing and celebrating on the scorers table. Maryland had a balanced scoring attack, with center Alex Len leading the Terps with 19 points, Allen adding 16 and Wells with 9.
Duke’s Seth Curry scored 25 for the Blue Devils, and D.C. native Quinn Cook added 18.
Maryland desperately needed to beat Duke if they plan to play in the NCAA Tournament. The Terps did not make the victory easy, but in the end, they beat the hated Blue Devils for the first time since 2010.
Battle of the big men: Alex Len may have played his best game in a Maryland uniform. Len went for 19 points and nine rebounds. In the first matchup against Duke, Blue Devil senior Mason Plumlee got the best of the matchup, but in this game Len limited his counterpart. Plumlee finished the game with just four points..
Stats never lie: Proving last week’s loss to Virginia an aberration, Maryland got back to business on the glass. Though the Terps lost the rebounding battle to UVa, the Terps dominated Duke in the rebound department, hauling in almost twice as many rebounds. Maryland finished with 40 rebounds, nine offensive, to Duke’s 20 total.
Stats never lie part 2: For the season, Duke has shot almost 40 percent from 3-point land. Against Maryland, the Blue Devils went cold from downtown, shooting 6 for 19 for 31 percent. With poor three point shooting, Duke could not get the win.
Maybe stats do lie: In a running theme for Maryland this season, turnovers hurt the Terps big time against Duke. Maryland gave up the ball 26 times.
Errant passes and sloppy ball handling kept Maryland from cushioning what was a 10-point lead in the second half. Duke only gave the ball up 12 times, a product of better guard play from more experienced veteran players.
What happens next: Maryland travels north to take on Boston College on Tuesday night. BC has been tough for opponents in their own building. Following the BC game, Maryland takes on Clemson next Saturday in College Park. Duke’s next game will be in Blacksburg against Virginia Tech.