Duke 69, Maryland 69
Updated On: Feb 15 2014 08:07:10 PM CST
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke forward Jabari Parker drove for a go-ahead dunk and the No. 8 Blue Devils held on to defeat visiting Maryland 69-67 on Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Maryland took possession with 20.9 seconds left. Forward Charles Mitchell's attempt from the lane rolled off the rim with two seconds to play.
Duke forward Amile Jefferson made one free throw with 1.1 remaining to account for the final score, capping a classic in what might be the last meeting between the schools.
Parker finished with 23 points and forward Rodney Hood and guard Rasheed Sulaimon both had 11 points for Duke (20-5, 9-3 ACC).
Guard Jake Layman had 18 points and guard Dez Wells scored all 17 of his points in the last 13 minutes for Maryland (14-12, 6-7), which lost for the third time in four games.
After Parker's dunk with 1:12 left, Wells missed a jumper and Parker grabbed the rebound. But the Blue Devils were charged with a shot-clock violation when Jefferson's attempt failed to hit the rim to set up Maryland's final chance.
Duke won its 30th consecutive home game to match the longest active streak in the country.
Maryland stormed back from a nine-point hole in the second half to grab a lead with less than seven minutes to play.
It was the only scheduled meeting this season between the longtime rivals. Maryland leaves the ACC for the Big Ten in the summer.
Wells, who is Maryland's scoring leader at 15 points per game, scored five points in a row to allow the Terrapins to close within 51-45.
A few minutes later, Wells' three-point play tied the score at 52 with 8:46 remaining. Next, his basket in transition gave Maryland a lead for the first time.
Mitchell scored on Maryland's first two possessions of the second half, giving him 12 points in the game (or more than in any ACC game this season). But he was stuck with his fourth foul with 16:07 left.
Duke led 39-33 at halftime as Parker had 14 points. The Blue Devils scored seven points in a row until Maryland guard Nick Faust hit a runner at the buzzer.
The Blue Devils built a 10-point lead in the first 12 minutes as fouls mounted against Maryland, which received eight of its first 14 points from Mitchell.
Hood picked up his third foul with 7:36 left in the half.
Maryland, despite five turnovers in the first six minutes, stayed within range with Layman contributing 12 points. His steal and dunk brought the Terrapins to within 32-28 and his 17-foot jumper made it 32-31.
NOTES: This was the 177th meeting between the programs, with Duke entering the game with a 113-63 edge. Maryland won the previous two meetings, including in the 2013 ACC Tournament. ... Duke reserve F Marshall Plumlee was back in action after missing a game a week earlier with a sore knee. ... Duke has a stretch of four games in eight days, necessitated by Wednesday night's postponement of its game at North Carolina. Next for the Blue Devils is Tuesday night's game at Georgia Tech. ... Maryland plays host to Wake Forest on Tuesday night to begin a stretch of four home games across its final five regular-season games.
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