Duke Handles Feisty Terps
photo by Rob Kinnan-US PRESSWIRE
Posted Feb 12, 2012

Despite Maryland freshman Nick Faust tying a career-high with 15 pts, Duke triumped 73-55 Saturday.

Nick Faust tied a career-high with 15 points and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds, but the Duke big men proved too much for the Terrapins, as the No. 9 Blue Devils triumphed 73-55.

The Terps jumped out to a quick 10-3 advantage at Cameron Saturday, using intense defense and some cold shooting by Duke to surprise attack the Blue Devils. Yet, two early fouls by freshman center Alex Len set the stage for Duke's Plumlee brothers to take over.

Maryland hung around for much of the first half, battling the much bigger frontcourt of Duke while trying to keep a hold on the ball without point guard Pe'Shon Howard. The Blue Devils, who started the half 1-of-10 from the field, then hit four of their next five to take the lead.

The Terps locked down defensively after the brief Blue Devils spurt however, limiting the damage from their nine fist-half turnovers. Guard Terrell Stoglin's 11 first-half points kept the Terps afloat despite a combined 17 points and 15 rebounds from the Plumlee brothers. Maryland, who led by as many as seven, headed into halftime, trailing 32-29.

A 6-0 run by Duke to open up the second half buried the Terps in a quick 38-29 hole. The Blue Devils then kept their lead in double digits until a furious rally led by Faust brought the Terps within four, trailing 53-49 at the 8:40 mark. Duke quickly responded though, as they started finding the mid and long range shot to grow their lead, while Maryland's leading scorer, Terrell Stoglin, sat on the bench. The Blue Devils then dominated the final minutes to dismiss any hint of a Terrapins comeback.

Stoglin ended the game with 13 points, his lowest output since the Nov. 17 loss to Alabama. Mychal Parker added a career-high 12 points in 21 minutes.

Miles Plumlee had 13 points and a career-high 22 rebounds, Mason Plumlee had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Seth Curry chipped in with 19 points.

The Terps shot a combined 19-of-51 (37.3%) from the field, a dismal 1-of-14 (7.1%) from beyond the arc. Duke, on the other hand, went 9-of-24 (37.5%) from long range after going 3-of-16 in their Jan. 25 win in College Park.

Maryland (14-10, 4-6 ACC) will head back home for their matchup Thursday with Boston College (8-16, 3-7 ACC) at 9 p.m. The game will be televised on ACC Network.

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