Mason Plumlee's vicious two-handed put-back slam over Maryland big man Alex Len added insult to injury for the Terrapins on Saturday inside Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Late in the second half, with Duke leading comfortably, Plumlee collected Quinn Cook's missed layup attempt and slammed it home to ignite the packed house and give the Blue Devils a 20-point lead. He would receive a technical foul right after however for taunting the Maryland players on his way up the court.
But I'm sure Coach K won't mind.
Duke went on to defeat its rival 84-64, earning its 17th win of the season and fourth ACC win of the year. The Blue Devils trail only Miami, who are 5-0 in the conference.
Plumlee's throw-down didn't come against a lackluster team either. Despite what its underwhelming performance on the road on Saturday would suggest, Maryland is among the better teams in the ACC. The Terps are even ranked second in the nation in rebounding this season, but nonetheless gave up a wide open put-back jam to one of the best leapers in college basketball.
Plumlee, a Player of the Year candidate, finished with 19 points and seven rebounds on 9-of-12 shooting. The senior forward also recorded three assists and two steals in the blowout win.
Plumlee has been sensational this season, leading the Blue Devils with 17.3 points per game on 57 percent shooting from the field, but plays like this speak to his athleticism and what he can bring to the next level after his time in Durham comes to an end.
At 6'10", 230 pounds, Plumlee is projected to be a lottery pick in this summer's 2013 NBA Draft. He certainly needs to improve on his offensive game, but as long as he is operating right at the rim and throwing down intimidating jams like this one, he'll be just fine.
Mason's older brother Miles is a rookie power forward currently playing for the Indiana Pacers in the NBA.
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