Shellacked

No. 2 Blue Devils hand UM worst defeat since 1944

January 25, 2009|By Jeff Barker | Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com

DURHAM, N.C. - It has been only two years since Maryland last beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. But as Duke pulled away yesterday by 20, then 30, then 40, the chasm between that win and the present day seemed to lengthen with every passing, humiliating second for the Terrapins.

Second-ranked Duke's never-in-doubt, 85-44 victory made it seem longer still since the years when the Maryland-Duke rivalry eclipsed nearly all others. "Not our rivals," chanted the Cameron Crazies, always adept at hitting opponents where it hurts most.

It was Maryland's worst loss to the Blue Devils and the worst for coach Gary Williams at the school. It was Maryland's largest margin of defeat since 1944.

"I hope the rest of your day is better than my last two hours," Williams said. "This is a tough place to play if everything is not ready to go."

Duke, likely to rise to the No. 1 ranking this week, won with defense that forced Maryland into 12 turnovers in the first half alone and kept the ball out of the hands of Greivis Vasquez, Maryland's leading scorer.

Vasquez, who scored 25 points at Cameron last season, finished with four yesterday on 2-for-10 shooting and was serenaded with "Where is Greivis?" by the Duke fans.

Duke's defense made the Terps look small and tentative. The Blue Devils blocked a dozen shots, four by 7-foot-1 center Brian Zoubek, who also hurt the Terps with seven offensive rebounds. Time after time, Maryland guards Adrian Bowie (1-for-10), Eric Hayes (1-for-6) and Vasquez drove into the lane only to have the ball blocked or slapped away. The Terps weren't hitting from the perimeter, either.

"It was one of those games where we played great defense and the shots they did have early, they missed," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Not too often do you have a game like this."

Duke led 40-15 after a first half in which Maryland, one of the nation's best free-throw-shooting teams, didn't attempt a foul shot.

The crowd was still howling when Gerald Henderson scored on a breakaway after three crisp passes to make it 60-20.

"That was probably the loudest it's been [at Cameron] this year," Henderson said.

Krzyzewski began liberally substituting with just less than 13 minutes left and Duke (18-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) ahead 66-23. Maryland (13-6, 2-3) continued mostly with its front-line players until about three minutes remained.

The challenge for Williams, whose team is 0-3 on the road in the ACC, is to piece his players' confidence back together in time for Tuesday night's game against Boston College at Comcast Center.

"I just need to get my passion back, my swagger back," said Vasquez, his head down in the somber visitors' locker room. Vasquez had entered the game hoping his annual gabfest with the Crazies would motivate him.

The students did taunt Vasquez but devoted more of their attention to Williams."Sweat, Gary, sweat," the students chanted, following a printed sheet circulated before the game that said: "Gary Williams tends to sweat. A LOT."

Said Williams afterward: "It counts as one loss. People can say, 'That's terrible,' and all that, but it's [about] getting ready for Tuesday night."

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Keys to the game

* Duke's defense blocked a dozen shots and rattled Maryland into 12 first-half turnovers.

* Maryland's defense couldn't get to Duke in three-point territory, where the Blue Devils were 12-for-25.

Did you notice ...

* Maryland tried and failed to get to the foul line in the first half by driving into the lane.

* Landon Milbourne kept battling and was the only Terps starter to shoot better than 50 percent.

* Cameron Crazies chanted "NIT" and "Fear the classroom" at the Terps and mimicked the Maryland crowd with a spirited "O!" during the national anthem.

Left to ponder

What might this do to the confidence of the Terps,

who still must play North Carolina and Clemson on the

road and Wake Forest at home?

Jeff Barker

BOSTON COLLEGE (15-6, 3-3) @MARYLAND (13-6, 2-3)

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

TV:

ESPN2

Radio:

105.7 FM, 1300 AM

marginalized

Duke's leads throughout the game:

12-3 - Jumper by Brian Zoubek with 16:44 left in first half.

33-13 - Free throw by Zoubek with 3:51 left in first half.

40-15 - Halftime.

50-20 - Jumper by Gerald Henderson with 17:41 left.

68-24 - Layup by Lance Thomas with 12:10 left (largest lead).

85-44 - Final.

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