6:00 PM ET, February 16, 2013
XFINITY Center, College Park, Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- As the final horn sounded and Maryland fans rushed the court to celebrate a rare victory against their bitter rival, weary Duke had just enough energy left to escape the mayhem for the safety of its locker room.Seth Allen broke a tie by making two free throws with 2.8 seconds left, and the Terrapins stunned the second-ranked Blue Devils 83-81 on Saturday night to end a six-game skid in the series.Coming off a five-day break, Maryland notched its most significant win of the season at the expense of a tired Duke playing its fourth game in 10 days.The Blue Devils were worn out, and it showed.
“"I told our players before the game, there's a lot of pride in Maryland basketball," coach Mark Turgeon said. "There's also a lot of passion about Maryland basketball. We talked about playing with those two things for us and for our fans. Our fans were just tremendous."From the end of "The Star-Spangled Banner" to the final buzzer, the crowd never stopped shouting for the Terps, who rewarded their fans with a memorable victory in a rivalry that appears destined to end when Maryland leaves for the Big Ten in 2014."I have a great deal of respect for Maryland," Krzyzewski said. "If it was such a rivalry they'd still be in the ACC. Obviously they don't think it's that important or else they wouldn't be in the Big Ten."Oh, but it's very important to Maryland and its coach."This win was for my family and the fans," Turgeon said. "I know what this win means for our fan base, and I really wanted to beat Duke."The Blue Devils had their six-game winning streak end. Seth Curry scored 25 and Cook added 18. But Plumlee was completely outplayed by the 7-1 Len, who went 6 for 8 from the field and 7 for 8 at the foul line."There's so much pressure for Mason to play outstanding," Krzyzewski said. "That wears on you as the season goes on. He just didn't look fresh tonight."Said Plumlee: "I didn't show up to play today and I let my teammates down. It's all on me."Maryland committed a whopping 26 turnovers, eight by Allen. The Terrapins shot an impressive 60 percent from the floor and finished with a 40-20 rebounding advantage.
I have a great deal of respect for Maryland. If it was such a rivalry they'd still be in the ACC. Obviously they don't think it's that important or else they wouldn't be in the Big Ten.” -- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on Big Ten-bound Maryland
Mistakes Were Made
In its win over Duke, Maryland committed 26 turnovers, which is tied for the most by an ACC team in a regulation victory over the past 15 seasons.
|Saturday||Maryland||26||No. 2 Duke|
|Dec. 11, 2001||FSU||26||UNC-
|Nov. 24, 2011||FSU||23||UMass|
|Dec. 12, 2012||Maryland||23||Monmouth|
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||30-63 (.476)||27-45 (.600)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-19 (.316)||4-13 (.308)|
|FT Made-Attempted||15-21 (.714)||25-34 (.735)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||24 (0/0)||25 (0/0)|