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.