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Terps lose, but Williams continues to impress

The Maryland men's basketball team put up a fight against Duke on Sunday night before the Blue Devils found their shooting strokes and pulled away from the Terps, 71-64. That the Terps were able to give the nation's No. 1-ranked team all it could handle at home was an encouraging sign for Gary Williams' squad.

Even more encouraging was the play of center Jordan Williams.

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"Williams is a hell of a player," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski marveled after the game.

The sophomore poured in 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting, blocked two shots and pulled down 13 rebounds against Kyle Singler and the Blue Devils. Williams kept the Terps in it during the first half.

"We came in with intensity level necessary to compete against Duke," Gary Williams, the sweaty Maryland coach, said. "Our guys are coming, you know. We're getting better."

Like Jordan Williams, for one. His points-per-game average (18.0) has nearly doubled from a year ago (9.6), and his 11.9 rebounds per game are tied for the fourth-best total in the nation.

The Terps (10-5, 0-2 ACC) have work to do to get back to the NCAA tournament. But like the Terps, the season is still young. And with Williams leading the way, I think they will be dancing.

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