If there was ever a game where a team can lose its way into the Top 25, this was it. Maryland fought tooth and nail with the No. 1 team in the country on the road, but eventually succumbed to the shooting prowess and endless scorers that the Duke Blue Devils had to offer, losing 71-64.
Jordan Williams scored 23 points with 13 rebounds and Cliff Tucker had 14 points with 7 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to match Kyle Singler and the dynamic three-point shooting of Seth Curry and Andre Dawkins.
The Terps held the lead at various points throughout the game, and it was always close, but even with a strong Maryland defensive effort, Duke was able to shoot threes when it counted. Singler scored 25 points with ten rebounds and did just about everything for the Devils, Curry scored 12 points off the bench and Dawkins hit two big three pointers. Nolan Smith, quiet for most of the first half, ended up with 18 points and 8 assists.
Tucker had one of the best showings of his career, hitting two key threes off the bench and showing his athleticism in the fast break game. Tucker was recently moved to the bench, but it seems Gary Williams has really found the right role for him in the flex offense.
Freshman guard Terrell Stoglin started his second game in the row and had a very poor showing at Cameron Indoor, finishing one of ten from the floor, and missing all six off his shots from behind the line. He was not lacking for confidence, and made some nice passes, but the second-leading scorer in Arizona high school history was unable to get his shot together.
Dino Gregory showed why he is considered one of the best interior defenders in the ACC, blocking four shots and helping the Terps shut down Ryan Kelly and the Plumlee Twins (also the name of one of the worst disco groups of all time).
Haukur Palsson didn’t pad the stats, but he looked pretty good in limited playing time. Williams put him on the floor for the final minutes of the game, and he responded with good defensive play.
Curry looked impossible to defend at times, and showed flashes of his older brother, a former star at Davidson. He’ll be All-ACC next year, and it’ll be very interesting to see the Faust/Curry matchup over next few years.
Overall, it was a fantastic effort from Maryland. This team will only continue to get better, and they found some offense from players that had struggled (Tucker and Sean Mosley and Dino Gregory, who each scored eight) to go along with some fantastic defense.
Maryland plays Wednesday at Wake Forest at 8 p.m. If previous games are any indicative of the Demon Deacons’ talent (or lack thereof), Jordan Williams should absolutely destroy.