Blue Devils Topple Terrapins As K Picks Up 724th W At Duke On 61st Birthday

by dentonramsey

Blue Devils Topple Terrapins As K Picks Up 724th W At Duke On 61st Birthday

By Denton Ramsey, NCAA Basketball Sportswriter

 

Coach Mike Krzyzewski got just what he wanted for his 61st birthday.

The Duke Blue Devils (22-1 overall, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) gave Coach K a big win – his 724th victory at the helm in Durham – over the Maryland Terrapins (16-9, 6-4) on Wednesday evening, Feb. 13 at Cameron Indoor.

After taking an 11-point lead into the break, the Blue Devils took care of business when it mattered the most as Duke held tight, then pulled away late, in a 77-65 victory over Maryland to remain undefeated in ACC play.

“This was a very, very tough ball game,” Krzyzewski said. “I thought both teams played their hearts out tonight. We got 31 points off of turnovers, and those aren’t plays that coaches call. Those are reads that your players make, and our guys made some really intelligent reads tonight.”

Reading, and leading, the way for Duke was Kyle Singler – netting 26 points (6-for-9 from beyond the arc) while pulling down seven rebounds and picking up a steal.

Greg Paulus also had a hot-shooting night, draining four three-pointers and dishing out four assists, chipping in with 20 points while going 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.

“Greg [Paulus] and I were doing most of the scoring tonight, but at any given moment a person could get an open shot,” Singler said. “Jon [Scheyer] had a big three from the corner, and he had a big drive, and those two plays sealed the game.”

Scheyer also hit double-figures for Duke, garnering 13 points and two steals as teammate DeMarcus Nelson added 12 points and four steals.

Gerald Henderson led the Blue Devils in stripping the ball – picking Maryland’s pocket on five different occasions on Wednesday night in Durham.

On the night, Duke shot 39.7 percent from the field (23-for-58) while draining 48 percent from long range (12-for-25) and hitting 76 percent (19-for-25) of their free throws.

Maryland, meanwhile, shot 40.9 percent from the field (27-for-66) – hitting just 23.1 percent from three-point range (3-for-13) and going 8-for-12 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line.

The one stat where the Terrapins won was in rebounding, as Maryland grabbed 45 boards to Duke’s 36 – in a game that saw the Blue Devils outscore and outmuscle their opponents in both the first and second half of play, taking a 41-30 lead into the break prior to thinly edging the Terps in the second half (36-35).

 

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

 

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