9:00 PM ET, January 11, 2006
Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Shelden Williams stopped short of proclaiming it the best game of his career. Part of it was that he simply couldn't recollect the previous 117 during his 3½ years at Duke, and ever the perfectionist, he still found some flaws in his first career triple-double."To me, I feel like I could have done a lot better," Williams said. "I didn't feel I dominated as much as I should have."Most everyone else disagreed, particularly those on the bench for Maryland (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today; No. 23 AP).Williams had 19 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks, helping the top-ranked Blue Devils snap a three-game losing streak to the Terrapins with a dominating 76-52 victory Wednesday night.Maryland swept the series a year ago after beating Duke in the final of the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, and Williams and his teammates came out and made sure it wouldn't happen again."There is an intimidation factor which I thought took place as the game went on," Maryland coach Gary Williams said when assessing the Duke center. "I thought he had some really great plays off of his man, blocking shots and things like that when it looked like we had layups but didn't get them."J.J. Redick scored 27 points for the Blue Devils (15-0, 3-0), who scored the game's first seven points and led 45-22 at halftime. They held the Terrapins (11-4, 1-2) to 29 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes while forcing 18 of Maryland's season-high 29 turnovers to leave the second half without much drama.The inspired effort came after Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski sent his players and coaches to the midcourt logo at Cameron Indoor Stadium and asked each to sign his name. The gesture came during the final practice before this matchup, and the Hall of Fame coach wanted to show the importance of protecting their home court.Everyone got the message."You put your name on something, it becomes yours, you have some ownership in it," reserve forward Lee Melchionni said. "When something is yours, you don't let anybody take it from you. That's our home court out there, and nobody takes anything from us on our home court."Redick tried to bring a little excitement back into the game with about 5 minutes left. The 6-foot-4 senior used another turnover by the Terrapins to record his first career dunk, leaping high to slam the ball through with both hands.Perhaps that made up a bit for his lackluster shooting -- the ACC's leading scorer finished 9-of-22, including 4-of-13 on 3-pointers."It was kind of weak," Redick said of his jam. "That just puts further affirmation to me on why I shouldn't dunk. It just takes way too much energy. For the next possession, my legs were just shooting with pain. No more dunking for me. I got my one."Williams, as he has done most of the season, more than compensated for any problems Redick had. "The Landlord," as he is known to the Cameron Crazies for his control of the paint, helped keep all of Maryland's players in single digits in points until Chris McCray made a layup with 3½ minutes remaining to reach 10.He eventually got to 12 to lead the Terrapins, who lost their second in a row in front of a celebrity-filled crowd that included Magic Johnson, Boston Celtics head of basketball operations Danny Ainge and former Duke players Christian Laettner, Brian Davis and Jay Williams.Phoenix Suns chairman and managing director of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo also was in attendance, sitting with Coach K's wife, Mickie, in the upper deck. He is in town to discuss the selection of players for the national team with Krzyzewski, his hand-picked coach.Surely, Colangelo and most everyone else had to be impressed with the Blue Devils. They remained one of three unbeaten teams in Division I -- Florida and Pittsburgh are the others -- with a surprisingly easy victory over one of their top rivals not called the North Carolina Tar Heels."I was surprised that we didn't win the game," said Maryland's Nik Caner-Medley, who was held to eight points. "They're the No. 1 team in the nation, and we came in here and didn't take care of the ball. We turned the ball over way too much and didn't shoot the ball well."This one might have been costly for Duke, however. Swingman DeMarcus Nelson, who missed nine games earlier in the season with a broken ankle, aggravated the injury in the first half and spent the remainder of the game on the bench, with his foot in a walking splint and crutches nearby."We don't know if it's the same injury or not," Krzyzewski said. "Our hope is that it's not the same. Of course, if you just spent six weeks with that injury, it's going to scare you. It scares me."
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||19-63 (.302)||26-61 (.426)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-12 (.333)||10-25 (.400)|
|FT Made-Attempted||10-13 (.769)||14-19 (.737)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|