Duke eases past Maryland, 84-64
Posted January 26, 2013
Durham, N.C. — FINAL: Duke 84, Maryland 64
Led by a career day from freshman Rasheed Suliamon, Duke coasted to a 20-point win against Maryland Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium, winning 84-64. Sulaimon scored 25 points and all five Blue Devils starters were in double figures.
3:52 2nd: Duke 77, Maryland 59
Duke is showing no sign of letting up against Maryland as their lead reached 20 points and all five starters are in double figures.
Maryland continues to hold a strong lead in rebounding (plus-13) but are also plagued by 13 turnovers.
7:53 2nd: Duke 68, Maryland 55
Quinn Cook and Amile Jefferson are each playing complete games as Duke continues to lead Maryland by double figures in the second half.
Cook has nine points and nine assists while Jefferson has 11 points and eight rebounds. Sulaimon's 23 points lead four Duke starters with double figures.
12:45 2nd: Duke 61, Maryland 49
Rasheed Suliamon is 6-for-6 from three and has a new career-high with 23 points as the Blue Devils continue to control the court against Maryland.
Duke is shooting over 50 percent from the floor and is 9-for-16 from 3-point range as a team.
16:15 2nd: Duke 54, Maryland 42
For the second time in the game, Mark Turgeon is forced to call a timeout ahead of a media break because of Duke's three-pointers. Curry knocked down the last one giving Duke a 12-point lead.
The 12-point margin is the largest of the game and Duke is 8-for-12 on three's. Curry has also joined Sulaimon in double-digits with 10 points.
HALF: Duke 43, Maryland 35
At the half, Duke leads Maryland by eight in large part to 18 points from Rasheed Sulaimon and a strong half by Amille Jefferson who has nine points and six rebounds.
2:59 1st: Duke 37, Maryland 30
Just as Maryland closed the gap, Seth Curry stepped up and hit a three-pointer to build the Blue Devils' lead back up. Duke leads by seven at the final media timeout of the first half.
Sulaimon continues to lead the way with 18 points off of five three's. Duke's bench, meanwhile, is yet to register a point.
7:17 1st: Duke 29, Maryland 20
Rasheed Sulaimon's hot start continues as he is now 4-for-4 from deep and up to 15 points. He went to the bench before the media timeout to a roaring appreciation from the Cameron crowd.
Cook is up to five assis and the rebounding margin is narrowing. Also, Duke has forced seven Maryland turnovers and the Terps have missed all three of their free throw attempts.
11:15 1st: Duke 24, Maryland 16
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon couldn't wait for the media timeout and took one of his own following three consecutive three-pointers from freshman Rasheed Sulaimon and Duke had built an 8-point lead.
Sulaimon completed a 4-point play on the first of his triples and is up to 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting in the first nine minutes of the game. Quinn Cook is already up to four assists but Duke is being out-rebounded 13-5.
14:49 1st: Duke 12, Maryland 9
Former Word of God stand out Dez Wells provided all the offense for Maryland early, but Duke has points from all five starters and lead the Terps 12-9 at the first media break.
Wells has scored seven points. Mason Plumlee got the Cameron crowd crazy though on an alley-oop from Quinn Cook.
20:00 1st: Duke vs. Maryland
Coming off the loss against Miami, Duke will not have any changes to their lineup. Starting five: Quinn Cook, Rasheed Sulaimon, Seth Curry, Amile Jefferson and Mason Plumlee.
Maryland starters will be Nick Faust, Dez Wells, Shaquille Cleare, Jake Layman and Alex Len.
The top-ranked Duke Blue Devils attempt to pick of the pieces from a devastating loss this week, as they play host to the Maryland Terrapins in Atlantic Coast Conference action from Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday.
Mike Krzyzewski's squad might sit atop the national polls for now, but that will change after this weekend, as the team suffered a humbling 90-63 rout at the hands of the Miami Hurricanes on Wednesday. The loss was actually the second in the last three games for Duke, which despite its lofty ranking, sits third in the ACC, tied with North Carolina, Virginia and Florida State at just 3-2.
Maryland isn't far behind at 3-3 in league play, but the Terrapins have really performed well in Mark Turgeon's second season at the helm, sporting a 15-4 overall record. The Terps have won two of the their last three games, with an upset of NC State (51-50) and a 64-59 victory over Boston College surrounding a tough road loss at North Carolina.
Duke holds a 112-61 advantage in the all-time series with Maryland and has won each of the last five meetings. In Durham, the Blue Devils hold an impressive 56-15 mark.
Alex Len once again led the way in the middle for Maryland, as the center posted a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds, leading the Terps to a five-point win over Boston College. Jake Layman poured in 15 points and Nick Faust finished with 11 for Maryland, which won the game despite shooting a mediocre .424 from the floor overall.
The Terrapins are defensive-minded by nature and have really flourished at that end of the floor, holding foes to a mere 59.1 ppg and ranking third nationally in field-goal percentage defense (.351). The strong defensive efforts have certainly continued in league play, as UM has held each of its first six opponents under 38 percent shooting. Offensively speaking, the Terrapins are led by Len, who paces the team with 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Dez Wells is the only other current Terrapin in double figures at 11.8 ppg, although Faust (8.7 ppg) may join his teammates if his shooting improves (.371).
Duke was simply blown away by the Hurricanes this week down in Coral Gables, as Miami shot a sterling 56.9 percent from the floor overall, including 47.4 percent from behind the arc in the game. The home team used a crippling 25-1 run in the first half to put the game out of reach early on. Rasheed Sulaimon led four Blue Devils in double figures in defeat, posting 16 points. Mason Plumlee recorded his 12th double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 boards, while Amile Jefferson and Alex Murphy tallied 13 and 11 points, respectively. Sharp-shooter Seth Curry however, had perhaps the worst game of his career, going 0-of-10 from the floor
In a game that got away from Duke in a hurry, the team could have definitely used Ryan Kelly's outside shooting (13.4 ppg) to halt Miami's momentum. Unfortunately, Duke's sharp-shooter (.521 from 3-point range) is sidelined with a foot injury and is out indefinitely. Still, the team usually has the necessary personnel to cover the loss, led by the interior dominance of Plumlee, who averages team-highs of 17.3 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Curry's outing against Miami can simply be chalked up to an anomaly, as he is still averaging a hefty 15.9 ppg on the year. Sulaimon and Quinn Cook round out the top scoring threats on the roster at 11.3 and 11.1 ppg, respectively.
Duke has not lost at home this season and coming off a humiliating performance, its likely that Coach K will get back to the basics and have his team ready for the challenge of Maryland.