Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon said he wasn't thrilled to be playing Duke, who was coming off a blowout loss at Miami Wednesday. Duke put on a shooting clinic on their way to a 20-point win over the Terrapins, winning the game 84-64.
Duke shot 52.4% from the field and 50% (11-22) from beyond the arc in the win. Maryland trailed by around 10 for much of the game, but it could have been a lot worse. The Terps turned the ball over 14 times, while only forcing 4 turnovers. 16 offensive rebounds helped keep the Terps in the game, but eventually Duke's offense took over.
Dez Wells had a great first half for the Terps, scoring the teams first 7 points. Wells finished the first half with 9 points and seven rebounds. Duke did a good job slowing him down in the second half. Wells finished the game with 13 points and eight rebounds. Charles Mitchell played well off the bench for Maryland, scoring 13 points and grabbing 7 rebounds (6 offensive). Alex Len scored 8 points and had 10 rebounds, but took only six shots.
Maryland played a close first half with Duke. With 6:30 remaining in the first half, Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon made a three-pointer, making it 34-24, Duke. The Terps then went on a 6-0 run, making it a four-point game with 4:47 left in the half. This would be the closest Maryland would get for the rest of the game.
For the second straight road game, Maryland allowed an opposing player to score a career-high amount of points. Against North Carolina, Maryland allowed Reggie Bullock to score a career-high 24 points. Against Duke, Maryland watched as Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon gashed them for a career-high 25 points. Sulaimon shot 75% (6-8) from beyond the arc in the game (5-5 in first half).
The Terps continue their rebounding dominance, winning the battle 42-31 (16-9 offensive rebounds). But unless they start consistently making shots, winning the rebounding battle won't result in winning the game.
Freshman Seth Allen was held out of the first half by Mark Turgeon for missing a team meeting. He was only able to score 2 points in a limited role. Faust struggled from the floor, making only three of his 12 shots for 9 points. Faust, who started the game at point guard, had a team-high four turnovers. Freshman Jake Layman started a second consecutive game for the Terps, but didn't make much of an impact, scoring only 5 points in 24 minutes.
All five of Duke's starters scored in double figures. Mason Plumlee scored 19 points on nine of 12 shooting. Quinn Cook scored 11 points and dished out nine assists.
With the loss, the Terps fall to 15-5 on the season and 3-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Duke improves to 17-2 overall and 4-2 in the ACC. The Terps will travel to Tallahassee, Florida Wednesday, to take on the Florida State Seminoles for the second time this season. In their first matchup, Florida State defeated Maryland 65-62 in College park. Tip off is schedule for 8 p.m.