Terps stun No. 1 Devils, 87-72
Published: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 1:45 a.m.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Cole Field House and the Comcast Center are across campus from each other. Maryland found a bridge between its old and new buildings: beating No. 1 Duke.
The 17th-ranked Terrapins beat the last undefeated team in the country, downing the top-ranked Blue Devils 87-72 Saturday.
It was the second straight year Maryland prevailed at home when Duke was No. 1, and it came in the new arena that sounded a lot like the old one when the final buzzer sounded and the students rushed the floor.
"This crowd was as good as any crowd we've had since we've been here at Maryland," said Gary Williams, who has been coaching at his alma mater since 1989.
Cole, which opened in 1955 and had a capacity of 14,500, was the place where Maryland beat six No. 1 teams. The 17,950-seat Comcast Center, which opened in November, got its first taste of the Terrapins beating a top-ranked team.
Last year's 87-73 victory snapped Maryland's four-game home losing streak to Duke.
Drew Nicholas had 24 points for the Terrapins (10-4, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) and Ryan Randle had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds as Maryland finished with a 43-32 advantage on the boards.
"I took it personally. Today we came out and said don't worry about points, just get every rebound," Randle said. "Beating a Top 20 team is what we wanted and needed. Beating Duke is a big confidence builder."
The defending national champions also stood out at the free throw line, finishing 29-for-31. Duke (12-1, 3-1) was 9-for-20, including 5-for-13 in the second half.
"Everybody stepped up," Williams said of the free throws. "We all know Duke can score in a hurry but once we got the lead we made our free throws."
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