Duke Blue Devils Dominate Maryland Terrapins in Historic Rout

Jason RitchieContributor IJanuary 24, 2009

The 164th meeting between the Duke Blue Devils and the Maryland Terrapins was not the most competitive.

In fact, it was Duke's most lopsided win in the history of the series, and Maryland's worst loss ever in ACC play (their fourth worst in history).

The final score was 85 - 44 but even that doesn't tell the whole story of Duke's domination.

Maryland hit a three at the 19:29 mark of the first half, to take a 3-2 lead. At the 18:44 mark, Jon Scheyer hit a three to give Duke a 5-3 lead—a lead Duke would never relinquish.

Duke held Maryland to 15 first-half points, out-rebounded the Terrapins 56-to-38, and held the Terrapins to 28.1 percent shooting for the game. Maryland was 2-for-12 from 3-point range—only 16.7 percent.

Landon Milbourne had a very solid game for the Terrapins, going 9-of-16 from the field for 19 points. The rest of the team shot 9-for-48 from the field and scored 25 points.

For Duke, Gerald Henderson had 17 points and 8 rebounds, Jon Scheyer shot 4-for-8 from 3-point range to score 12, and Kyle Singler scored 11 points and had 7 boards. Brian Zoubek had resurgence against the small Maryland front-court, nearly getting a double-double with 9 points and 9 rebounds.

Eleven Blue Devils saw double-digit minutes, with no one playing more than 24, in the most dominant performance they have put together since J. J. Redick and Shelden Williams graduated.

Greivis Vasquez, whose quote in Tuesday's DC Examiner served to fire up the Camreon Crazies, was suffocated all game long by Henderson. Vasquez finished the game with only four points, one rebound, one assist, and four turnovers.

Duke moves to 5-0 in the ACC and 18-1 overall. Their next game is this Wednesday, when they travel to Winston Salem to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons—fresh off of their first loss of the season.

Maryland falls to 2-3 in the ACC and 13-6 overall. They have an opportunity to right the ship on Wednesday, when Boston College treks into College Park.