As is often the case in college basketball games between two good teams, the second half saw Maryland and Duke trade runs. It was always just going to be the last run that won the game. And no one should be surprised that at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Blue Devils outlasted their opponents yet again.
The Terrapins started the half with seven straight points to take a six-point lead, but Duke answered right back with an 11-0 run, led by Seth Curry. More importantly, it was the Blue Devils' ability to close that allowed them to be victorious. Once they took a seven-point lead late in the game, they refused to let the Terrapins back in it.
Kyle Singler led all scorers with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Duke's Nolan Smith also added 18 points and eight assists. Jordan Williams made a huge impact once again for Maryland, scoring 23 points and grabbing 13 rebounds for yet another double-double.
Free throw shooting was a major factor in tonight's game, as well as three-point shooting. Maryland missed their first five free throws of the second half, shooting just 52.9% from the foul line. Duke doubled up Maryland from behind the three-point line, making six three-pointers to the Terrapins' three.
We could certainly call this a moral victory though for the Terrapins. They're the last team to beat Duke (way back in March of 2010), and they looked evenly matched with the No. 1 team in the country all night. But its the final score that really matters. And the final score means that Maryland is now 0-2 in the ACC. The team will have another chance to grab their first win Wednesday night at Wake Forest.