No. 8 Maryland 74, Duke 72
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) _ Keith Booth scored a career-high 22 points, including the go-ahead basket, and Joe Smith blocked two shots in the final 26 seconds as No. 8 Maryland ended its 15-game losing streak against Duke with a 74-72 victory Saturday.
Maryland’s victory kept Duke (10-9, 0-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) winless in the ACC, its worst league start in the 41-year history of the conference.
The Terrapins survived a furious Duke comeback and Smith’s worst offensive college game to beat the Blue Devils for the first time since Jan. 16, 1988. Exree Hipp scored 21 points for Maryland (16-3, 6-1).
Smith was held to six points on 2-for-10 shooting. The only other time in 49 games that the All-America center did not reach double figures was an 8-point effort against Clemson last season.
Duke’s Cherokee Parks dominated Smith, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Trajan Langdon had a career-high 20 points, 17 in the second half, for the Blue Devils.
A dunk by Booth put Maryland ahead 74-72 with 1:03 left. Duke had plenty of chances to draw even, but Smith blocked a shot by Jeff Capel with 26 seconds left and Duke’s Steve Wojciechowski subsequently hit the rim with a 15-footer.
The Blue Devils forced a turnover with 13 seconds to go, but Smith blocked a baseline shot by Erik Meek at the buzzer.
Maryland led 53-40 with 16:10 to go before Langdon fueled a 17-6 run that got the Blue Devils within two. Hipp made a 3-pointer and Smith converted two free throws to make it 64-57, but Langdon had five points in a 10-2 surge that gave Duke its first lead of the second half.
The victory, Maryland’s first at home against Duke since 1985, gave the Terrapins an 11-0 record at Cole Field House this season.
The Blue Devils led 28-19 midway through the first half before Hipp hit two straight 3-pointers and a driving layup to bring the Terrapins within one. Meek stemmed the surge with a basket, but Hipp sank a 3-pointer and Booth made two free throws to give Maryland its first lead, 32-30.
The Terrapins upped the advantage to 39-30 before Duke closed to 41-34 at the half.