DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Maryland coach Gary Williams brought in a
few experts before facing second-ranked Duke.
Former stars Steve Blake, Juan Dixon and Laron Profit visited
practice this week, giving the current Terrapins a few lessons.
They talked about having fun, about believing in themselves and
about giving a full effort against the undefeated Blue Devils.
"That was huge," forward Nik Caner-Medley said. "That was the
hardest we practiced all year."
Caner-Medley and his teammates carried that message to the game,
giving Maryland an improbable upset.
The Terrapins (12-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost three
of their previous five games, all by at least 15 points. But they
hung with Duke (15-1, 5-1) throughout and allowed only two points
in the final 3½ minutes.
"I just thought they played a little bit harder than we did,"
Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "We didn't have the
attitude that we've had the entire year. This team has to have an
edge all the time."
Ibekwe gave Maryland the lead for good with a tough layup in
traffic off an inbounds play, set up during a timeout by Williams.
That made it 66-64 with 1:23 left, and the Blue Devils had no
Daniel Ewing missed badly on a 3-pointer, and Garrison started a
parade at the line for the Terps. Garrison was 5-for-6 in the final
minute and Ibekwe was 4-for-4 to close it out.
"It was all about the players," Williams said. "We struggled
a little bit this year with our identity, for whatever reason, and
I'll take responsibility for it, but we do have pride in our
Ibekwe came off the bench for the first time this season and
scored 15 points. John Gilchrist had 10 for Maryland.
"To be on a big stage like this and get the win is huge,"
Caner-Medley said. "My teammates had so much heart. I really was
impressed with them."
"You have to take your hats off to Maryland," said Duke guard
Daniel Ewing, who was held to nine points. "We didn't match their
hunger. They wanted it a little bit more, and that's why they
walked out of here with a win."
Top-ranked Illinois (20-0) and No. 8 Boston College (17-0) are
the only teams left without a loss.
Duke seemingly was in control early in the second half, taking a
pair of eight-point leads, the final one on a layup by Lee
Melchionni. Ewing set it up with a nifty touch pass off a rebound,
and it was 42-34.
Caner-Medley quickly led the rally. He made two free throws,
then followed with a 3-pointer and a jumper to cut the margin to
four. Later, he added a putback to make it 47-46, and Chris McCray
gave the Terps their first lead of the second half with a layup.
That was the first of five lead changes in the final 13½
"I just think he overpowered us a few times," Coach K said.
"If there's one thing that won the game, it was that his desire to
win was great. He put on a hell of a performance."
Ewing swished a 3 to put the Blue Devils ahead 58-54, but
Caner-Medley responded with one of his own from several feet beyond
the arc, with Redick right in his face. Caner-Medley had his final
points from in close with 3:45 left to give Maryland a 64-60 lead,
then left for good about 2 minutes later.
Redick had a steal at midcourt and was driving for a layup, with
Caner-Medley racing back to try to stop it. They leaped together,
and Redick's left-handed attempt never touched the rim.
But Caner-Medley made it only a few steps toward the other end
before falling to grab his left ankle in agony. He went to the
bench, and after Shavlik Randolph tied it one final time by
following up a missed free throw by Shelden Williams, Ibekwe helped
the Terps win.
"I think that you have to win a game against a quality team
during the year to have credibility and believing that you're a
good team," Gary Williams said. "I'm not saying that because we
won, I just think that those guys have maxed out incredibly well.
"I'm sure they're very proud of what they've done."