Monday, January 28, 2008

SUNDAY HOOP

#4 DUKE 94, MARYLAND 84

Gary Williams is going crazy. His inconsistent Terp team plays like the best team in America for stretches, and then has offensive and defensive lapses that undermine their best efforts.

Last night was no different.

Fifty-one first half points followed by thirty-four second half points. A good effort on defense in the first half followed by DeMarcus Nelson and Gerald Henderson running around like they were invisible in the second half.

Nelson scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half, and Henderson added 23 for the game, and the Blue Devils rallied to beat the Terrapins 93-84 Sunday night.

The Terps led by nine at halftime. In the midway T.V. interview, Williams said his squad had to stop the Duke run he knew was coming at the beginning of the second half. They didn’t.
Maryland’s worse offense was simply being careless with the ball. You can’t beat Duke with 22 turnovers.
Duke (17-1, 5-0 ACC) had not trailed by more than six points in any game prior, but fought back in front of a boisterous sellout crowd hopeful of seeing Maryland earn its sixth win in eight games against its hated rival.


James Gist scored 26 and Bambale Osby had 20 points and 15 rebounds, both career highs, for the Terrapins (12-8, 2-3). Jervis Vasquez got schooled.
Maryland was coming off an 82-80 win on the road against then-No. 1 North Carolina. That was eight days earlier, and unfortunately for the Terrapins, the momentum generated from that breakthrough victory could not be sustained.


Duke's DeMarcus Nelson (21) puts up a shot over Maryland's Landon Milbourne (1) and Duke's Gerald Henderson (15) goes up for dunk while being guarded Maryland's Bambale Osby (50) and Greivis Vasquez (21). (AP Photos/Rob Carr)

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