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Maryland knocks off Duke

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- If this indeed was the last time Duke will play a basketball game at Maryland, fans who were in the crowd and watched on ESPN won't forget the ending.

The Atlantic Coast Conference showdown brought out different emotions from both head coaches after the unranked Terps upset No. 2 Duke 83-81 on Saturday before 17,950 spectators, many of whom stormed the Comcast Center court when the game ended.

"A lot of people want to beat Duke. Maryland is one of them," a defiant Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said when asked about the history between the teams. "I have a great deal of respect for Maryland. They had to win the game. We didn't lose it."

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, conversely, choked up in his postgame news conference when he revealed Terps fans were so negative about his coaching after the loss to Virginia in the previous game that his son Thad to leave early.

"It has been a hard week. I take a lot of pride in my coaching," said Turgeon, in his second season at Maryland. "This means a lot to me. Coaching is my passion. If you are not enjoying your passion, it is tough.

"It's one thing to play Duke close. It's another thing to beat them. We figured out how to beat them by two. It's a great win for us."

Maryland beat Duke at home several times under former coach Gary Williams, but this was the biggest win for Turgeon in College Park.

The Terps needed to beat the Blue Devils to jump-start any NCAA tournament hopes.

"We felt like we needed a big win. That was it," said Maryland's Seth Allen, whose two free throws made it 83-81 with 2.8 seconds left.

A potential winning 3-point shot by Duke freshman Quinn Cook (18 points), who played at nearby DeMatha Catholic High, hit the rim but bounced away at the buzzer.

"I thought it was in when I got it off," Cook said. "But it went off the glass and bounced off. Coach drew up a great play and we got a good look at the end."

It was the second time this season Maryland (18-7, 6-6 ACC) beat a ranked team from North Carolina at home. Earlier, the Terps knocked off North Carolina State at the Comcast Center. But this was Duke, which fell to 22-3, 9-3 in perhaps its last trip to College Park with Maryland heading to the Big Ten in 2014.

Center Alex Len, despite foul trouble, had 19 points and nine rebounds for Maryland. Allen added 16 points and Dez Wells had seven assists before he fouled out.

Seth Curry had 25 points for Duke, which was crushed on the boards 40-20. Maryland shot 66.7 percent from the field in the second half and 60 percent for the game. The Terrapins overcame 26 turnovers, including eight by Allen and six by Wells. Duke had 12 turnovers.

"We had a small lineup out there so we could move the ball," Curry said. "We also made some free throws that helped us get back into the game."

Allen scored to make it 80-72, but Curry hit a 3-pointer with 1:45 left to cut the lead to 80-75.

Curry made another 3-pointer to cut Maryland's lead to 80-78 with 57.4 seconds to play.

Jake Layman sank a free throw to make it 81-78 with 26.9 seconds left.

Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon (16 points) was fouled on a 3-point attempt by Layman and the freshman guard made three free throws to tie it at 81.

Maryland got the ball back and Allen was fouled on a drive with 2.8 seconds left. He made two free throws to give the Terps an 83-81 lead.

But Cook had his shot inside of half-court hit the rim and bounce away.

"Our fans were great from beginning to end," Turgeon said. "I told our players before the game there is a lot of pride in Maryland basketball. We didn't perform well last week. For them (fans) to show up in droves, I know it was Duke, but the students lined up and came early. There was also a lot of passion about Maryland basketball."

The Terps held Duke standout Mason Plumlee to four points -- none in the second half.

"I just have to show up. I didn't show up today and I let my teammates down," he said. "I hope it doesn't happen again. It's all on me."

NOTES: Among those at the game were former Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith of the world champion Baltimore Ravens, former NBA star Juan Dixon and former Maryland quarterback Boomer Esiason. ... Duke still leads the overall series at 113-62 and is 40-38 at Maryland.
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