6:00 PM ET, February 15, 2014
Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
No. 8 Duke holds on to beat rival Maryland in last scheduled meeting
DURHAM, N.C. -- The shot that would have beaten No. 8 Duke hung on the rim, bouncing once, then twice.
"It felt like an eternity," freshman Jabari Parker said.
Once it fell harmlessly off the rim, the Blue Devils finally exhaled.
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Parker scored 23 points and blocked one of Maryland's two shots in the final 10 seconds of the Blue Devils' 69-67 victory Saturday night.
"That was vintage Cameron, man," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "That was one for the ages."
Rodney Hood and Rasheed Sulaimon added 11 points each for the Blue Devils (20-5, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their eighth in nine games and started a run of four games in eight nights by giving the Terrapins a hard-to-swallow loss in their last scheduled visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The ACC's top 3-point shooting team was just 5-of-24 from long range and shot 23 percent in the second half. Duke led by double figures for all of about 15 seconds before scratching its way to the 20-win mark for the 18th straight year.
"Sometimes the basketball gods fool around with you when you're not shooting, and they say, `You've got to figure out another way to win this thing," Krzyzewski said. "Our effort those last 20 seconds was spectacular."
Jake Layman scored 18 points for Maryland (14-12, 6-7) and Dez Wells -- who just about single-handedly beat the Blue Devils by scoring 30 in last year's ACC quarterfinals -- had all 17 of his points in the second half.
Charles Mitchell finished with 12 for the Terrapins, but missed two hook shots in the final 10 seconds that would have given them the lead.
"I don't know how Charles' shot didn't go in," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "Call the Duke gods."
Parker gave Duke the lead for good when his authoritative, one-handed dunk over Jonathan Graham made it 68-67 with about 1:15 remaining.
Wells missed a jumper over Hood with about 50 seconds left. Duke milked the shot clock before Amile Jefferson missed a jumper that failed to draw iron, giving the Terrapins the ball.
The teams traded timeouts with 18.8 seconds left before Maryland worked the ball inside to Mitchell. He had one hook shot blocked by Parker with about 7 seconds left, and another bounced twice on the rim but would not fall through.
Jabari Parker's Dunk Continues Trend
Jabari Parker had the game-deciding dunk against Maryland, and finished with 8 points in the paint and 9 from the line. His inside presence has helped Duke surge during its last 8 games (7-1).
Jabari Parker vs ACC This Season
|1st 4 Games||Last 8 Games*|
|Avg FGA dist||14'5"||8'9"|
|*8 paint points and 9-10 FT vs Maryland |
-- Source: ESPN Stats & Information
"The guys kind of willed their way to the basket," Turgeon said. "It just didn't drop."
Said Jefferson: "You just hold your breath."
The rebound made its way to Jefferson, who was fouled with 1.1 seconds left and hit a free throw to end the scoring.
Wells couldn't get off an 80-foot heave before the buzzer, sealing Duke's 30th straight victory at Cameron. That tied Stephen F. Austin for the longest active home streak in the country.
Duke missed 17 of its first 19 shots in the second half before Jefferson banked one in to tie it at 54 with 6 1/2 minutes left.
About 2 minutes earlier, Wells capped a 12-1 run with a layup that gave the Terrapins their first lead at 54-52, and it was a one-possession game the rest of the way.
The Big Ten-bound Terps got quite an early earful from the Cameron Crazies, who taunted Turgeon with their classic "Sweat, Gary, Sweat" chant that had been mothballed since Gary Williams retired three years ago.
But once Maryland started chipping into -- and eventually completely erasing -- the Duke lead, those jeers stopped.
"I'm going to miss (the Duke rivalry) like crazy," Turgeon said. "We played tonight for Maryland. ... We played for all our former coaches, former players ... because we knew we weren't getting them at our place. This was our one chance."
Jefferson finished with 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who have a busy week coming up because their rivalry game with North Carolina was postponed due to a nasty winter storm.
That game was rescheduled for Feb. 20 -- two nights after they visit Georgia Tech, and two nights before they host No. 1 Syracuse.
"This is a fun time for us and this should really be a good time to see where our team is at, to evaluate it and to get better," Jefferson said.
That the Blue Devils missed 11 of their first 13 attempts from 3-point range could have been attributed to rust for a team that entered hitting 3s at a league-best 42 percent clip.
But they also were outrebounded 43-36 by the Terps and certainly looked ripe for an upset.
They were unable to take advantage of Maryland's drought early in the half, instead matching the Terps missed shot for missed shot. Maryland went 5 minutes between buckets early in the second half.
Duke finished at 33 percent from the field while Maryland shot 41.9 percent.
"We beat a real gutty team today," Krzyzewski said, "and we were a gutty team."
DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 15: Jake Layman #10 of the Maryland Terrapins battles for a rebound with Jabari Parker #1...(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-62 (.419)||18-54 (.333)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-14 (.214)||5-24 (.208)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-19 (.632)||28-34 (.824)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||25 (0/0)||18 (0/0)|
|» Feb 15, 2014||@DUKE 69, MD 67||Recap|
Next 5 Games
Maryland, a charter member of the ACC, has lost its last regular season game against each of the other seven original members that is has played. Wake Forest, Clemson, and Virginia loom on the horizon.[+]
Maryland in Final Regular Season Game - vs Charter Members of ACC (1953-54 Season)
Duke was held to 1.06 points per possession Saturday, its second-lowest efficiency in ACC play this year and fourth lowest overall. The Blue Devils shot just 1-7 from mid-range, and 5-24 on three pointers.[+]
Jabari Parker took eight of his 16 field goal attempts from inside the paint Saturday. His drives to the basket lead to 10 free throw attempts. In his last eight ACC games, 70% of Parker's shots have come in the paint compared to 37% in his first four.[+]
Jabari Parker Offense
According to BPI, Duke had a 90% chance of beating Maryland and Syracuse had a 96% chance of beating North Carolina State. The Blue Devils and Orange ended up winning by a combined three points.[+]
Top 10 ACC Teams - Saturday
Jabari Parker has scored at least 20 points in 15 games this season, tied with Joe Smith for the third-most by a freshman in ACC history.[+]
Most 20-Point Games by Freshman - ACC History
Jabari Parker had the game deciding dunk against Maryland, and finished with 8 points in the paint and 9 from the line. His inside presence has helped Duke surge during its last 8 games (7-1).[+]
Jabari Parker vs ACC This Season
Dez Wells was held to zero points on 0-1 shooting in the first half Saturday as Maryland trailed by six at halftime. In the second half, Wells scored 8 of his 17 points in transition going 7-of-10 overall.
Duke allows an ACC-high 32.8 points per game in the paint, including an average of 41.2 in its five losses. The Terrapins average 32.4 paint points per game, sixth in the ACC.
Duke averages 122.9 points per 100 possessions, best in the nation. In their last game, a win at Boston College, the Blue Devils scored 89 points in 62 possessions. It was the seventh time this season that they scored more than 75 points on fewer than 65 possessions, the most such games in the nation.[+]
Jabari Parker is averaging 19.0 points per game in the paint during his last two games (since. Feb. 4). Five major conference teams are averaging 19 or fewer paint points since Feb. 4.
Duke has made 132 more 3-point field goals than its opponents, 35 more than any other Division-I team (Iona and Mount St. Mary's).[+]
Highest 3-pt FGM Differential
Jake Layman (MD): 12 points in 1st half (averaging 12.0 PPG this season)
ESPN Stats & Information