Devils Thrash Terps, 86-65

The Blue Devils avoided a three game losing streak with a complete victory over Maryland on Sunday. J.J. Redick, Shelden Williams, and Luol Deng combined to score 55 to help Duke improve to 22-3 overall and 11-2 in the conference.

J.J. Redick scored 20 points and No. 3 Duke ended its two-game losing streak by beating Maryland 86-63 on Sunday.

Shelden Williams had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (22-3, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who avoided their first three-game losing streak in eight seasons. Duke has won 40 straight games at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

John Gilchrist scored 14 points for the Terrapins (13-10, 4-8), who lost their third straight game.

Duke had won 18 straight games and reached No. 1 for the seventh consecutive season before last week's 78-74 loss at North Carolina State. The Blue Devils followed that with a 90-84 loss at Wake Forest on Wednesday, losing consecutive games for just the third time in eight seasons.

But the Blue Devils ended that skid by overwhelming the Terrapins, using their pressure defense to fuel a bevy of transition scores. Duke used a 21-5 first-half run to take a double-digit lead, then used a 10-0 run spanning halftime to push the margin to 22 points.

Duke held Maryland to 37 percent shooting, and scored 31 points off 23 turnovers. The Blue Devils had 16 steals and blocked five shots.

Reserve Sean Dockery put excellent pressure on the ball and had six steals, while Daniel Ewing added three. Williams and Chris Duhon each had two steals.

The Blue Devils were relentless, batting down passes to the interior and slapping the ball away on the perimeter. At one point in the first half, Williams, a 6-foot-9 center, stripped the ball from the 6-9 Jamar Smith beyond the arc, ran upcourt and made a layup over Smith.

Maryland got eight points from Gilchrist in the first 4{ minutes for an 11-9 lead. But the Blue Devils went on the 21-5 run, erasing the deficit with an array of transition baskets and scores off turnovers.

Maryland went more than 6 minutes without a field goal during the run.

During the run, Duhon found Redick with a crosscourt pass for a 3-pointer off a turnover by Gilchrist, then found Luol Deng for a transition layup on the next play for a 28-14 lead. Duke pushed the lead to 45-28 at halftime on another 3 by Redick.

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