J.J. Redick scored a season-high 26 points, and the Blue Devils used a solid defensive performance to beat the Terrapins 68-60 Wednesday night.
Luol Deng had 13 points and 12 rebounds to help Duke (15-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) win its 12th straight. It was the third time in three years that the Blue Devils visited Maryland as the No. 1 team, and the first time they escaped with a victory.
Nik Caner-Medley led Maryland (10-5, 1-3) with 21 points, including 13 in the final 10 minutes. The Terrapins were seeking to become the eighth team in NCAA history to beat two No. 1 teams in same season - they defeated then-No. 1 Florida last month - but Maryland never led after Redick hit a 3-pointer to put Duke up 7-6.
The Blue Devils led by 14 points with 16:56 left, but the Terrapins closed to 58-55 on a 3-pointer by Caner-Medley with 4:55 remaining. Redick then made a 3-pointer and Chris Duhon sank a layup for Duke, but the Terrapins again closed to three with 1:40 remaining.
After a Duke miss, Redick stripped D.J. Strawberry of the ball and Redick made two foul shots for a 65-60 lead. Redick then clinched it with two free throws with 18 seconds left.
Redick made all nine of his free throws; in comparison, Maryland finished 7-for-9 at the line.
It was the lowest-scoring game between the teams since 1982.
Duke dominated the boards in the early going and led by 12 points with 61 seconds left in the first half before Maryland used a 6-0 run to close to 35-29.
The Blue Devils had assists on 12 of their 13 baskets before halftime and outrebounded the Terps 26-18.
Redick hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points to stake Duke to a 23-10 lead with 13 minutes elapsed. Maryland missed 18 of its first 23 shots and went scoreless for nearly 5 minutes while the Blue Devils went on an 11-0 run.
It was 12-10 before Redick connected from long range, Deng followed with two straight dunks, and Daniel Ewing added a basket and two free throws to put Duke up by 13.
Minutes later, a dunk by Duke forward Shelden Williams made it 30-16.