No. 1 Duke routs Maryland, 84-64
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Duke is used to being on the right side of a blowout -- not the losing end -- and thanks to Rasheed Sulaimon, the Blue Devils got back to that familiar role.
The freshman scored a season-high 25 points and No. 1 Duke bounced back from one of its worst losses under Mike Krzyzewski by routing Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Maryland, 84-64, Saturday in Durham, N.C.
"This was just a game to show basically what our character was like," Sulaimon said. "Are we going to fold after a big loss, or are we going to step up and be men?"
Mason Plumlee added 19 points and Seth Curry had 13 for the Blue Devils (17-2, 4-2).
They had just four turnovers, none in the second half, made 11 3-pointers and shot 52 percent against a Terrapins defense that had not allowed any team to shoot better than 44 percent.
Plumlee finished 9 of 12 and Sulaimon was 9 of 13 with six 3-pointers -- twice as many as his previous high, and four in a 3-minute span of the first half.
That came after he earned a seat on the bench because his man -- Dez Wells -- was beating him on the boards.
"When we took him out, we got on him and he did something that I think is so terrific. ... He said, 'I got you, Coach. I'll do better,' " Krzyzewski said. "He just embraced responsibility, and anybody who embraces responsibility has a chance to do better. 'It's my fault. I'm responsible for it.' He came in the game and he gave us a huge lift there."
Wells and Charles Mitchell had 13 points apiece for Maryland (15-5, 3-4), which has lost four of six and was denied its first victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 2007 and first win against a No. 1 team since 2008.
"We really played hard in the first 25 minutes, but I'll look at the last 15 minutes," Mitchell said. "That's when you're supposed to learn how to play and win the game, and we didn't do that."
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First Published January 27, 2013 12:00 am