Maryland shocks Duke
Maryland thought it important to land the first punch.
The No. 7 seeded Terrapins did by bolting to a 10-point lead right off the bat and kept on punching, leading all the way in a 83-74 of second-seeded Duke on Friday night, handing the Blue Devils their first defeat in four ACC Tournaments in the Greensboro Coliseum.
“We tried to land the first punch and we did,” Terrapin guard Seth Allen said. “We really got the momentum and never let down.”
The defeat, which dropped the Blue Devils to 27-5, was their first in 19 games with Ryan Kelly in the lineup and puts the possibility of a landing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in jeopardy. Maryland improves to 22-11, continuing a quest for an ACC title that would get in the NCAA Tournament.
“They were more hungry than us tonight,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. The Blue Devils got as close as 45-44 with just over 13 minutes to play.
But, the Terrapins went on a 21-10 run to go up 65-54 with 5:36 left.
“You can’t start a game like that, when it’s tournament time and one and done, and expect to come out winning,” Kelly said. “We still had opportunities. We’ve got to take this and learn from it fast. We thought we ready to play but we weren’t.”
Dez Wells led the Terps with a career-high 30 points that included hitting 9 of his 13 field goals and all 10 attempts from the free throw line. Jake Layman, Alex Len, Nick Faust and Allen added 10 each.
The Terrapins held the Blue Devils to 4 of 25 shooting from 3-point range.
“We wanted to stay attached to their shooters,” Allen said. “We had big guys who can stay with Plumlee down low. We wanted to stay connected to them at the 3-point line and that’s what they did. Most games they lose, they shoot a low percentage from the 3-point line and that’s what they did.”
Terrapin coach Mark Turgeon went with a smaller lineup most of the time. “My guys just played hard,” Turgeon said. “We stayed small and it worked. And they helped by missing some easy shots early. I think the way we switched to our press confused them some because they were taking 9.10.12 seconds to get in their offense.
“The press got us going and they missed some layups. We didn’t fold and that means were are growing up.”