Terrell Stoglin scored 16 points and Pe'Shon Howard added 10, but it wasn't enough to stop eighth ranked Duke as the Blue Devils scored a 74-61 victory over the Terps.
Mason Plumlee scored a game-high 23 points for the Blue Devils (17-3, 5-1 ACC) and Ryan Kelly scored 14 for the Blue Devils.
Before the game, Maryland honored former coach Gary Williams by dedicating the court in his name. Williams, the winningest coach in Maryland Basketball history, entered the arena with his signature fist pump and addressed the crowd. Very emotional moment for this Terps fan and I was proud to be among those on the court covering the game for Inside MD Sports.
Down four points in the second half, the Terps (12-7, 2-3) got a three pointer from Howard and a Stoglin basket to move in front. After a Duke miss, Maryland's 7-foot-1 center Alex Len hit a fadeaway jumper in the lane to give the Terps a three point lead, 45-42.
Austin Rivers answered for Duke with two straight baskets and that led to a Blue Devil 11-2 run.
Duke was up five before Rivers scored on a drive and Kelly hit a jumper to put Duke up by nine with under nine minutes left. Maryland went nearly five minutes without a field goal before Nick Faust hit a 3-pointer to get the Terps to within five at 57-52 with under eight minutes left in the game. However, Duke proved too tough down the stretch for the young Terps and they get the win 74-61.
Here are my shots from the night. For a slideshow, just click on a picture. Enjoy!
Students get pumped up before the game
Comcast Sportsnet's Chick Hernandez looking sharp
ESPN crew: Dan Shulman and former coach Bob Knight
Duke warm up
Coach Turgeon before the game
Terp great Juan Dixon with his son before the game
Gary's fist pump!
Not a great shot but I was in the middle of the court with dozens of other media members, cameramen and photographers and I heard Gary enter the court and I spun around and got this. Wish it was better.
Gary Williams addresses the crowd
Students before the game. The atmosphere was electric and loud!
The national anthem
Students react to the Duke player introduction
Before the Terps player introduction
Let's go MARYLAND!
Terrell Stoglin guards Duke's Tyler Thornton
James Padgett, Miles Plumlee and Pe'Shon Howard
Sean Mosley being defended by Andre Dawkins of Duke
Pe'Shon Howard scores
Yeah I was pretty close.
Sean Mosley defended by Duke's Austin Rivers
Ashton Pankey with the dunk!
Coach K and assistants
Austin Rivers guards Maryland's Terrell Stoglin
Pankey with another jam!
Pankey vs Plumlee
Maryland's Pe'Shon Howard scores
Working hard for the hoop
Maryland's Mychal Parker vs Duke's Austin Rivers
Terrell Stoglin (left) with the basket!
Terrell Stoglin tries to drive past the Duke defense.
Berend Weijs gets his shot off
Weijs with the dunk!
Pair of 21's battling
Honorary Captain Juan Dixon with his son
The USA Olympic basketball coach
Terrell Stoglin gets fouled here
Nick Faust gets off the shot
Ashton Pankey tries to score between two Duke defenders
Austin Rivers leads the Blue Devils
Pe'Shon Howard scores for the Terps!
Nick Faust with the basket for Maryland
Coach Turgeon talks strategy during a time out
Nick Faust tries to score around the Duke defense
Coach Turgeon reacts to a call by the referee
Coach K also reacts to the call. Guess which team got it?
Mychal Parker vs the Duke defense
Pe'Shon Howard vs Duke's Tyler Thornton
Coach K as the half ends
Ashton Pankey alters Seth Curry's shot
Duke's Andre Dawkins attempts his shot over Sean Mosley
Mason Plumlee and Alex Len
Ashton Pankey defends Seth Curry
Pe'Shon Howard runs the Terps offense
Ashton Pankey defends Mason Plumlee
Terrell Stoglin vs Tyler Thornton
Reverse jam by Mason Plumlee, who had 23 points for Duke
Pe'Shon Howard defends Duke's Austin Rivers
Terrell Stoglin goes up against Tyler Thornton
Nick Faust on the move for Maryland
No chance you score here Duke!
Commemorative shoes. Love the Gary Williams signature on them
Nick Faust guards Seth Curry late in the game
Coach K with late game instruction
Game over. Duke wins 74-61
Coach Turgeon addressed the media after the game:
That was a great college basketball game until about the 3:00 mark. The crowd was off the charts, it was fantastic to see, it was the first time I've seen it. I thought our team battled well and think we had a game plan and we stuck to it and it kept us around. We knew Mason Plumlee is a good player and he was the difference. There were a lot of hustle plays in the second half, 50-50 balls and free throw shooting was pretty much the whole game when it comes right down to it. We made some mistakes down in the stretch, we couldn't get stops, and hopefully we'll learn from it. To give them credit, they played a great game.
We're getting better. If you could have been in Puerto Rico, you would have never thought that we could play like we're playing right now. So, we're getting there. We have to give them credit. They are physical and I think they got a lot of breaks tonight and they create their own breaks too. There are still four minute stretches were we aren't making a field goal, and that is not going to beat good teams. That happens, when we're good offensively, we're good. But we have stretches where we don't make free throws too. It wears you out and you can't keep up. In the end, our defense wasn't quite good enough and rebounding wasn't quite good enough, neither was our free throw shooting. But, our effort was tremendous and I'm really proud of the guys.
[The crowd and atmosphere] It was great. I'd like to see it more often. I know we're in a 3 game losing streak and we're 12-7, 2-3 in the league so that has something to do with it. But, it was fun. I thought our guys used it the right way. In the first half we went a little crazy, we had gone for seven three's and I think we had six before the first timeout. After we made a couple, the guys were feeling good about themselves. I didn't like our shot selection early but we used the crowd on defense. That was great; it made a huge difference in the game for us. That was fun. I can't wait until we get to the point where we get our program where I know we are going to get it; where we are selling every game out, not just Duke and North Carolina. That is when it is going to be a lot of fun, when we sell out every game.
We are a young team, we are inexperienced, we make mental errors, and we don't make free throws. You may ask if it is an offensive problem or defensive problem, I think it is an everything problem. I think we are getting closer in everything we do. But, I do think offensively we are still trying to figure it out.