GREENSBORO, N.C. — Dez Wells gave the floor a hard slap, and No. 2 Duke certainly felt it.
Wells was 9 of 13 from the field and 10 of 10 from the free throw line to lead the seventh-seeded Terrapins (22-11), who delivered the first big shocker of the week in Greensboro and advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2009.
“You have to be good and be lucky to beat a great team. We’re a little bit of both,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “Watching them play tonight I think they fully expected to win that game and that’s a good feeling when you have such a young basketball team to play on such a big stage in such a big game and to play with the poise that they played tonight.”
They never trailed, held the league’s best team from 3-point range to 4-of-25 shooting from beyond the arc, and bolstered their NCAA tournament credentials by beating Duke for the second straight time.
“One of the things during this time of the year … is that if you lose, it’s final,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Our team did not feel that. And now we have to understand that that’s the way it is. I mean, if you don’t do it, it’s done. I don’t care what your record was, or whatever. It’s over. It’s one and done.”
Duke didn’t get closer than five the rest of the way.
“They seemed to always have an answer,” Plumlee said, “and that’s how they kept us from getting back in the game.”
Four Maryland players finished with 10 points apiece — Nick Faust, Jake Layman, Alex Len and Allen. The Terrapins outrebounded Duke by 10 and made 23 of 25 free throws.
They also had the most dominant player on the floor in Wells, who surpassed his previous high of 25 points set in December against George Mason.View Entire Story
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