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Exhausted Duke shocked by Terps

Maryland center Alex Len swings on the rim above Duke forward Amile Jefferson after a first-half dunk.

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Maryland center Alex Len swings on the rim above Duke forward Amile Jefferson after a first-half dunk.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — As the final horn sounded and Maryland fans rushed the court to celebrate a rare victory over a bitter rival, weary Duke had just enough energy left to escape the mayhem for the safety of its locker room.

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Seth Allen broke a tie by making two free throws with 2.8 seconds left and the Terrapins stunned the second-ranked Blue Devils 83-81 Saturday night to end a six-game skid in the series.

Coming off a five-day break, Maryland notched its most significant win of the season at the expense of a tired Duke team playing its fourth game in 10 days. The Blue Devils were worn out, and it showed.

Duke was outrebounded 40-20, never led in the second half and got only four points and three rebounds from 6-foot-10 senior center Mason Plumlee.

"This has been an exhausting schedule for our team," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "We're playing on fumes, and I think you could tell that with Mason. I thought he looked exhausted the whole game. He's been great. Obviously not good (Saturday night)."

The Terrapins did not trail after halftime but never could pull away.

Duke (22-3, 9-3 ACC) was down by 10 with 3:39 left but tied it when Rasheed Sulaimon made three free throws with 16.7 seconds to go. Quinn Cook then fouled Allen as the freshman guard drove through the lane, and Allen made both shots. After a Duke timeout, Cook's desperation 30-footer bounced off the back rim. Fans rushed the court.

"I thought it was in when I got it off," Cook said of his final attempt.

Alex Len had 19 points and nine rebounds for Maryland, which had lost 12 of 13 to Duke, including a 20-point embarrassment last month.

"I told our players before the game, there's a lot of pride in Maryland basketball," coach Mark Turgeon said. "There's also a lot of passion about Maryland basketball. We talked about playing with those two things for us and for our fans. Our fans were just tremendous."

NO. 1 INDIANA 83, PURDUE 55: Will Sheehey scored a career-high 22 and set a school record by making all nine of his shots from the field for the host Hoosiers (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten), who have won eight of nine.

NO. 5 GONZAGA 71, SAN FRAN 61: Kelly Olynyk had 26 points and nine rebounds as the Bulldogs (25-2, 12-0 WCC) snapped a three-year losing streak at War Memorial Gymnasium.

NO. 6 SYRACUSE 76, SETON HALL 65: Brandon Triche scored a career-high 29 for the visiting Orange (21-4, 9-3 Big East), which rebounded from a loss to Connecticut last week.

NO. 8 MICH. ST. 73, NEBRASKA 64: Keith Appling had 16 points to go over 1,000 for his career for the visiting Spartans (22-4, 11-2 Big Ten), who blew open a tight game with a 20-6 run.

NO. 10 KANSAS ST. 81, BAYLOR 61: Angel Rodriguez scored 22 and Shane Southwell added 18 on six 3-pointers to lead the host Wildcats (20-5, 9-3 Big 12).

NO. 11 BUTLER 68, FORDHAM 63: Rotnei Clarke had 22 points for the Bulldogs (21-5, 8-3 Atlantic 10), who handed the Rams their sixth straight loss.

NO. 14 KANSAS 73, TEXAS 47: Jeff Withey had 15 points and 11 rebounds while becoming the Big 12's career leader with 265 blocks for the host Jayhawks (21-4, 9-3 Big 12).

NO. 17 OKLA. STATE 84, OKLA. 79, OT: Marcus Smart had 28 points and Le'Bryan Nash added a season-high 26 for the Cowboys (19-5, 9-3 Big 12), who earned their third straight down-to-the-wire win at home.

NO. 18 MARQUETTE 79, NO. 16 PITT 69: Vander Blue had 19 points for the Golden Eagles (18-6, 9-3 Big East), who won their 23rd straight at home. The Panthers (20-6, 8-5) entered fifth in the nation in scoring defense (54.4 ppg).

NO. 19 NEW MEXICO 60, BOISE ST. 50: Cameron Bairstow had 16 points and seven rebounds, and reserve Jamal Fenton hit three 3-pointers in the second half to lead the host Lobos (22-4, 9-2 Mountain West).

PROVIDENCE 71, NO. 21 NOTRE DAME 54: Kadeem Batts scored 20 and Vincent Council had 11 assists to become the Friars' career leader with 671 as Providence upset the Fighting Irish (20-6, 8-5 Big East).

NO. 22 MEMPHIS 71, MARSHALL 59: Adonis Thomas had a career-high 23 points to lead the visiting Tigers (22-3, 11-0 C-USA) to their 16th straight victory.

NO. 23 OREGON 79, WASH. ST. 77, OT: E.J. Singler hit two free throws with 3.8 seconds left for the visiting Ducks (21-5, 10-3 Pac-12), who won their third in a row since a three-game skid dropped them from the Top 10.

NO. 24 COLO. ST. 89, AIR FORCE 86: Dorian Green scored 22 for the visiting Rams (21-4, 8-2 Mountain West), who won their sixth straight game.

TENN. 88, NO. 25 KENTUCKY 58: Trae Golden had 24 points and eight assists without a turnover to help the host Volunteers to their most lopsided win in the series' 216 games. The Wildcats (17-8, 8-4 SEC) were playing their first game without star freshman Nerlens Noel, who tore an ACL against Florida last week.

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UTEP 73, UCF 58: The host Miners held the Knights (17-8, 7-4 C-USA) to 20 of 62 shooting (32.3 percent) from the floor.

FAMU 46, HOWARD 45: Trey Kellum tipped in the winner with a second left as the host Rattlers (7-19, 4-8 MEAC) snapped a five-game skid.

NOVA SE 75, TAMPA 52: The host Sharks built a double-digit lead with five minutes left in the first half and swept the season series from the Spartans (16-9, 3-9 Sunshine State).

ECKERD 71, BARRY 66: Darrien Mack had 30 points and 13 rebounds for the visiting Tritons (15-6, 8-5 SSC).

FLA. TECH 76, SAINT LEO 50: Jermaine Jackson had 30 points for the host Panthers, who snapped a six-game winning streak by the Lions (18-5, 10-3 SSC).

Exhausted Duke shocked by Terps 02/16/13 [Last modified: Saturday, February 16, 2013 11:45pm]
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