Host Maryland knocked off second-ranked Duke in an Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball game.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland coach Mark Turgeon fought back tears of happiness when asked to describe his feelings about beating Duke.
Turgeon had just experienced the highlight of his two-year stint with the Terrapins — an 83-81 victory over the second-ranked Blue Devils on Saturday — and he was nearly too choked up to talk about it.
“It has been a hard week on my family, hard on my son last week. He had to leave the stands because the fans were so hard on his dad,” said Turgeon, referring to crowd reaction during the Terrapins’ 80-69 home loss to Virginia. “This win was for my family and the fans. I really wanted to beat Duke. This means a lot to me.”
The accomplishment evidently meant a lot to the sellout crowd, too, as thousands of fans rushed the court after the final buzzer to celebrate.
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Maryland center Alex Len, who had 19 points and nine rebounds, said, “I know our fans have waited for this win for four years.”
Seth Allen snapped a tie by making two free throws with 2.8 seconds left, and the Terrapins (18-7 overall, 6-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended a six-game losing streak in games against Duke (22-3, 9-3).
Coming off a five-day break, Maryland posted its most significant victory of the season at the expense of a tired Duke squad playing its fourth game in 10 days.
The Blue Devils were worn out, and it showed. They were outrebounded 40-20 and got a mere four points and three rebounds from 6-foot-10 senior center Mason Plumlee.
“This has been an exhausting schedule for our team,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We’re playing on fumes and I think you could tell that with Mason. I thought he looked exhausted the whole game. He’s been great. Obviously not good tonight.”
Duke was down by 10 points with 3:39 left but pulled even when Rasheed Sulaimon made three free throws with 16.7 seconds to go. Quinn Cook then fouled Allen as the freshman guard drove through the lane, and Allen made both shots.
After a Duke timeout, Cook’s desperation 30-footer bounced off the back rim. Chaos ensued as the fans immediately rushed the court.
“I thought it was in when I got it off,” Cook said of his final attempt.
Allen scored 16 for the Terrapins, who had lost 12 of 13 against Duke — including a 20-point embarrassment last month.
“I told our players before the game, there’s a lot of pride in Maryland basketball,” Turgeon said. “There’s also a lot of passion about Maryland basketball. We talked about playing with those two things for us and for our fans. Our fans were just tremendous.”
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