Thursday, February 14, 2008

WEDNESDAY HOOP

#2DUKE 77, MARYLAND 65

Kyle Singler scored a season-high 26 points and sparked the decisive run that helped the #2 Blue Devils withstand Maryland’s comeback attempt and beat the Terrapins 77-65 on Wednesday night for their 12th straight win.

Duke’s top rookie also established career highs with 10 field goals and six 3s, reaching 20 points for the fourth time this season and taking 17 shots while showing none of the hesitation that occasionally plagues freshmen as they adjust to the pace of Division I.

Greg Paulus added 20 points for the Blue Devils (22-1, 10-0 ACC), who blew most of a 16-point lead but used a late 11-2 run to snap Maryland’s four-game winning streak and claim a victory in a matchup of the league’s hottest teams.

Vasquez scored 25 points to lead the Terrapins (16-9, 6-4), who were denied a second victory on Tobacco Road this season. The Terps also were swept by Duke in the regular season for the first time since 2005-06, after Maryland won both of last season’s matchups.

James Gist—who averaged 22 points over the last six games—was held to nine on 3-of-11 shooting, although he did have 10 rebounds.

Kyle Singler #12 of the Duke Blue Devils lays in a basket against Landon Milbourne #1 and Dave Neal #35 of the Maryland Terrapins during the second half. Greivis Vasquez #21 of the Maryland Terrapins draws a foul from Nolan Smith #2 of the Duke Blue Devils during the first half. (Photos by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)






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