Just not enough

The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK -Sure, the Maryland-Duke rivalry isn't what it used to be.

But you could have fooled a raucous capacity crowd at Comcast Center last night - not to mention the Terrapins and Blue Devils themselves.

Seventh-ranked Duke beat unranked Maryland, 78-67, in a rugged game in which Duke used three-pointers to pull away late.

Duke won largely because Gerald Henderson scored 19 points and made several key blocks. Henderson's three-pointer gave the Blue Devils a 63-60 lead. Kyle Singler followed with a three to put Duke up 66-60, and the Blue Devils didn't trail after that.

A few moments later, Jon Scheyer's three gave Duke its biggest lead to that point at 72-63.

Henderson smiled and gave Maryland's student section a thumbs-up as the game ended.

Maryland (17-10, 6-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) was trying for the rarest of doubles - consecutive victories over North Carolina and Duke, both ranked in the top 10. The Terps were also trying to avenge a ghastly 85-44 loss at Duke a month ago - the worst loss in Gary Williams' coaching tenure at Maryland.

Williams sounded defiant as he began his post-game comments by saying, "We have a damn good basketball team."

"We played our hearts out," he said. "We're going to be tough the rest of the way, I guarantee it. This is a good basketball team. I'm proud to be coaching this team."

It was a game in which bodies routinely hit the floor.

In the second half, Duke guard Nolan Smith slammed into a pick by Dave Neal as Eric Hayes brought the ball up the court. Smith had to be helped off the floor.

"It was kind of a blind-side pick - that's legal," Hayes said.

It was also a game in which Maryland fans rained obscenities on the officials. Among the calls they protested was a blocking foul on Sean Mosley with the Terps trailing 68-62 in the final minutes.

Mosley fouled out on the play. Maryland also lost its leading scorer, Greivis Vasquez, on fouls with 3:24 to play. Landon Milbourne also fouled out in the last minute.

Williams stopped short of criticizing the officiating. Asked about the physical play, the coach said: "It's interesting. As you know, I can't say anything."

Milbourne, who had 19 points, said he knew Maryland would play better than in the teams' first meeting.

"It wasn't unexpected," he said. "We felt like we could definitely play with those guys.

Duke stayed in the game early with three-pointers. The Blue Devils made five in a first half that ended in a tie at 34. Maryland made none before halftime.

Among those attending were Gov. Martin O'Malley and several former Duke and Maryland stars, including Derrick Lewis - the last Terrapins men's player to collect a triple double before Vasquez did it Saturday.


Keys to the game

Maryland, battling Duke's larger frontcourt players, got into foul trouble. Greivis Vasquez, Sean Mosley and Landon Milbourne fouled out. The Terps particularly missed Vasquez, who played 22 minutes. Duke hit key three-pointers down the stretch.

Did you notice

* Maryland had 40 points in the paint but made just three three-pointers.

* Mosley returned after an injury but finished with four points.

* Coach Gary Williams was careful not to criticize the officiating afterward.

Left to ponder

It was evident the Terps have

progressed since losing to Duke by

41 points a month ago. "About

30 points," Williams quipped when

asked how far the Terps have come.

Jeff Barker

MARYLAND (17-10, 6-7) @ NORTH CAROLINA STATE (15-10, 5-7) Sunday, 7:30 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet Radio: 1300 AM, 105.7 FM

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