Terps Snap Duke's Win Streak

Once again Duke battled against Maryland, but once again the Terrapins' superior backcourt proved to the be the difference as Maryland snapped Duke's four game win streak, 85-77.

Freshman point guard Greivis Vasquez logged 12 points, 12 assists, and nine rebounds, while the wing duo of Mike Jones and D.J. Strawberry combined for 43 points on 18-of-31 shooting to propel the visitors to a sixth straight win.

For Duke it wasn't as bad as the initial meeting when Maryland used a 29-4 run put the game away before halftime, but the loss still hurts. The Blue Devils are now just 8-7 in the conference and limping to the finish line - in Chapel Hill against arch rival North Carolina on the Tar Heels' senior day.

After the teams exchanged leads throughout the first half, Maryland broke a 34-34 game open with a 10-4 spurt led by a pair of Vasquez three pointers. After intermission the Terrapins continued to stretch the lead to as many as 12 at 56-44 with 13:11 remaining.

With his team on the ropes, Duke got a much needed lift from freshman Gerald Henderson who scored eight points in a 20-8 run that tied the game on a Jon Scheyer three with 5:40 left. Unfortunately, the energy expended in that rally left nothing in reserve for the young Blue Devils as Maryland's backcourt took over in a deciding 14-4 run to put the game out of reach.

Despite the loss, the Blue Devils did manage to put a season best five players in double figures led by Greg Paulus' 20 points, though the sophomore point guard did not register an assist. Freshman Gerald Henderson added a season best 15, while DeMarcus Nelson has 17. Freshman Jon Scheyer and sophomore Josh McRoberts added 10 apiece.

Should Duke fail to earn a victory in Chapel Hill on Sunday, it will mark the first time a Blue Devil team has failed to register a winning record since 1996.

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