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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon scored a season-high 25 points and No. 1 Duke bounced back from one of its worst losses under Mike Krzyzewski by routing Maryland 84-64 on Saturday.
Mason Plumlee added 19 points and Seth Curry had 13 for the Blue Devils (17-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
They had just four turnovers while shooting 52 percent against a Maryland defense that hadn't allowed any team to shoot better than 44 percent.
Plumlee finished 9 of 12 while Sulaimon was 9 of 13 with six 3-pointers -- twice as many as his previous high, and four in a 3-minute span of the first half.
Dez Wells and Charles Mitchell both had 13 points for the Terrapins (15-5, 3-4). They have lost four of six and were denied their first victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 2007 and first win over a No. 1 team since '08.
Leading scorer Alex Len, who averages 13.5 points, finished with eight points and 10 rebounds for Maryland. But aside from an early reverse dunk over Plumlee that looked effortless, he was essentially a nonfactor against a Duke front line that was without injured 6-foot-11 forward Ryan Kelly for the fourth straight game.
The tough job of replacing him fell to high-energy freshman Amile Jefferson, who responded in his second straight start with 11 points and nine rebounds while blocking four shots and affecting several others.
His layup with 9:23 left gave the Blue Devils their largest lead to that point at 66-53. That came during the late 19-8 run that put Duke in complete control.
Logan Aronhalt pulled Maryland within single digits for the final time when his 3-pointer with 13 minutes left made it 58-49. Sulaimon countered with his sixth 3 to start the run, and Quinn Cook capped it with a jumper that put the Blue Devils up 20 for the first time, 77-57 with 4:39 left.
Cook finished with 11 points for Duke, which was coming off its most lopsided regular-season loss since 1984, a 90-63 beatdown at No. 25 Miami that will assuredly send the Blue Devils tumbling from No. 1.
The only thing resembling a bright spot in that complete clunker might have been Sulaimon, who led them in scoring for the first time with 16 points while taking another step out of a midseason slump in which he was 7 of 32 during a rough four-game stretch.
The Terrapins hadn't allowed a conference opponent to shoot better than 38 percent this season. They would have kept that going had Sulaimon not turned this one into his personal shootaround.
He hit four straight 3-pointers and scored 13 points during a 15-5 run that gave Duke its first bit of breathing room. That burst included a four-point play and a deep 3 in transition that had coach Mark Turgeon calling time out to cool him off and drew "Holy Sheed" chants from the Cameron Crazies.
His fifth 3 gave the Blue Devils their first double-figure lead, 32-22, with 6 minutes before halftime.
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Rasheed Sulaimon scored a season-high 25 points and No. 1 Duke bounced back from Wednesday night's loss to Miami in a big way.
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#1 Duke’s 90-63 loss at Miami on Wednesday night was the third-worst in history for a team ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press poll and the worst anyone has seen in 45 years. Early today, Maryland's... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
How are you going to T Miles up here? Let the kid celebrate a ridiculous play for crying out loud. I looked around and there were some pretty sweet plays this weekend, but I have to give it to Miles. He gives the white man some hope. For those of you that care, Duke wiped out Maryland in this game 84-64.
What could liven up the 84-64 beatdown No. 1 Duke put on Maryland on Saturday? How about a pair of dunk-of-the-year candidates?
Sophomore Alex Len gave the visiting Terrapins an early boost with a follow-through reverse jam five minutes into the game, but Blue Devils senior standout Mason Plumlee did Len one better 25 minutes later, turning Quinn Cook’s missed layup into a thunderous...
DURHAM, N.C. -- The difference in the mood surrounding Duke's basketball team late Wednesday night and Saturday afternoon would make the ebb and flow of the stock market appear like a straight line.
The top-ranked Blue Devils were reeling after a 27-point loss at Miami that seemingly exposed every one of their weaknesses. But on Saturday, Duke responded like you would expect...
Unfortunately, today's ACC Live didn't feature Game Sim predictions for all six ACC matchups for this weekend, so I thought I should post it for everyone to see. Make sure to go to the Game Simulator and sim the matchups for yourself as well.
Duke defeats Maryland 67-64
Virginia defeats BC 61-59
Georgia Tech defeats Wake Forest 62-61
NC State defeats UNC 72-71
How would Duke respond after their beat down put to them by Miami this past Wednesday night? That was the question of the day, and boy did Duke respond! Duke responded in stellar fashion. Duke was able to beat the Maryland Terrapins who boasted a much taller front line than Duke 84-64. Right from the opening tip, Duke’s energy was high, and their intensity was through the roof...