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Duke 84, Maryland 64

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Rasheed Sulaimon scored 25 points, making his first six 3-point attempts, as No. 1 Duke recovered from a stunning setback to defeat Maryland 84-64 Saturday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke, coming off Wednesday night's 90-63 blowout loss at Miami and bound to lose its top ranking in the national polls, produced its largest scoring output in an Atlantic Coast Conference game this season.

Mason Plumlee's 19 points, Seth Curry's 13 and Quinn Cook's 11 points gave the Blue Devils (17-2, 4-2 ACC) a lift. Freshman Amile Jefferson scored 11, reaching double figures in back-to-back games for the first time.

Dez Wells' 13 points led Maryland (15-5, 3-4), which is winless in three ACC road outings after suffering its first loss by more than a 10-point margin this season.

Sulaimon, a freshman guard, racked up 13 points -- four 3-pointers and a free throw -- in less than a 3-minute stretch as Duke built a 27-18 lead. That included a four-point play.

Sulaimon, who led the team in scoring for the first time in the loss at Miami, was within a point of his previous season high of 19 points with more than 5 minutes left in the first half. He made all five of his first-half 3-point attempts.

Sulaimon and Jefferson accounted for 27 of Duke's first-half points as the Blue Devils staked a 43-35 edge. That was the Blue Devils' first halftime lead in four games.

The Blue Devils made nearly as many 3-point baskets (seven) than 2-pointers (eight) in the first half.

Maryland used 12 offensive rebounds in the first half to help stay within range.

After Duke's initial surge, Maryland held a brief lead at 13-12 before Sulaimon's jump-shooting took center stage.

Notes: Duke is 13-3 in games following a loss by 15 or more points the past 30 seasons. ... Wells averaged 20.7 points per game in the team's previous three road games. ... Duke is 11-0 at home, but three of its next four games are on the road. ... Maryland held its first six ACC opponents to less than 38 percent shooting from the field. ... Freshman swingman Jake Layman was in Maryland's starting lineup for consecutive games for the first time.
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