Four In A Row For Duke

Despite a big night from Josh McRoberts, Duke dropped a fourth consecutive conference game on Sunday night, losing by 12 to Maryland in College Park.

McRoberts' effort of 20 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks made what could have been a blowout respectable for the Blue Devils who are now 5-6 in the ACC - the most losses since the 1995-1996 season.

Throughout their dominant run through the conference over the last decade, Duke had made a habit of jumping on teams early - forcing them to play with a certain level of desperation that usually lead to further mistakes. Unfortunately for head coach Mike Krzyzewksi, that's exactly how the Terrapins turned the table on his slumping band of youngsters.

After Greg Paulus scored his team's first five points to grab a 5-3 lead, Maryland used their superior backcourt speed to blow the game wide open with a 29-4 run that effectively doomed Duke.

Despite a methodical comeback that saw the Blue Devils chip away until the lead was down to six, the Terrapins were never seriously challenged thanks to the play of Greivis Vasquez, who scored a career-high 18.

After a McRoberts basket cut the lead to 58-52, it seemed as though Duke had a chance to pull off what could have been a season saving comeback. However, Ekene Ibekwe and Mike Jones had two baskets apiece in a 10-2 Terrapin run to make it 64-54 with just over three and a half minutes left and Duke out of energy.

Paulus finished with 12 points and four assists, but logged seven turnovers for the Blue Devils. Only freshman Jon Scheyer joined the two sophomores in double figures with 11 points, but converted only three of his nine field goal attempts.

After rolling to an 18-3 overall record including five wins in their first seven conference games and a national top five ranking, Duke will head into yet another week searching for any kind of positive momentum in hopes of earning an NCAA Tournament bid. The last time Duke won was January 28th.

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