Duke Dominates Maryland

In a battle for first place in the ACC the Terps had no answer for Duke, falling 77-56.

In a battle for first place in the ACC between Maryland and Duke, the Terps from Maryland didn't show much fight.

The Duke Blue Devils (21-4, 9-2) were able to dominate the visiting Maryland Terrapins (16-7, 6-3) 77-56 to remain the only team in the ACC with only two losses in conference play.

The Terps had no answer for Duke center Brian Zoubek. Standing at over seven feet tall, the Blue Devil center amassed a double-double for the Blue Devils. Zoubek scored 16 points and grabbed an astounding 17 rebounds, 8 of which came on the offensive side of the ball.

All of Duke's stars shined in the beat down. Kyle Zinger scored 10 points and blocked 3 shots, while Jon Scheyer scored a game-high 22 points.

Maryland was down early thanks in large part to the ineffectiveness of Maryland's leading scorers in the first half. Vasquez only scored 2 points in the first half, where the Terps went into the break with a 16-point deficit. Forward Landon Milbourne, who averages 14.5 points per game, struggled throughout the game and finished with only 2 points.

The Terps made an effort to climb back into the game and reduced the lead to just 10 points midway through the second half. Vasquez, who ended the game with 17 points and 7 rebounds, led the comeback for Maryland. 15 of Vasquez's points came in the second half, including a stretch of 9 points in a row without Duke scoring a single point.

Dismal shooting and untimely turnovers were able to halt the comeback for Maryland, and Duke was able to cruise their way to a 21-point beating. The Terps only shot 37.7 percent in the game and turned the ball over 14 times.

Cliff Tucker turned in a decent performance off of the bench with 12 points. Tucker was the only other Terp scoring in double digits against the Blue Devils, while Duke had four players in double digit scoring.

The Terps will look to rebound from a tough loss at Duke when they return home Monday in a rescheduled matchup against Virginia.


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