DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - The shot that would have beaten No. 8 Duke hung on the rim, bouncing once, then twice.
“It felt like an eternity,” freshman Jabari Parker said.
Once it fell harmlessly off the rim, the Blue Devils finally exhaled.
Parker scored 23 points and blocked one of Maryland’s two shots in the final 10 seconds of the Blue Devils’ 69-67 victory Saturday night.
“That was vintage Cameron, man,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “That was one for the ages.”
Rodney Hood and Rasheed Sulaimon added 11 points each for the Blue Devils (20-5, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their eighth in nine games and started a run of four games in eight nights by giving the Terrapins a hard-to-swallow loss in their last scheduled visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The ACC’s top 3-point shooting team was just 5 of 24 from long range and shot 23 percent in the second half. Duke led by double figures for all of about 15 seconds before scratching its way to the 20-win mark for the 18th straight year.
“Sometimes the basketball gods fool around with you when you’re not shooting, and they say, ‘You’ve got to figure out another way to win this thing,’” Krzyzewski said. “Our effort those last 20 seconds was spectacular.”
Jake Layman scored 18 points for Maryland (14-12, 6-7) and Dez Wells - who just about single-handedly beat the Blue Devils by scoring 30 in last year’s ACC quarterfinals - had all 17 of his points in the second half.
Charles Mitchell finished with 12 for the Terrapins, but missed two hook shots in the final 10 seconds that would have given them the lead.
“I don’t know how Charles’ shot didn’t go in,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “Call the Duke gods.”
Parker gave Duke the lead for good when his authoritative, one-handed dunk over Jonathan Graham made it 68-67 with about 1:15 remaining.
Wells missed a jumper over Hood with about 50 seconds left. Duke milked the shot clock before Amile Jefferson missed a jumper that failed to draw iron, giving the Terrapins the ball.
The teams traded timeouts with 18.8 seconds left before Maryland worked the ball inside to Mitchell. He had one hook shot blocked by Parker with about 7 seconds left, and another bounced twice on the rim but would not fall through.
“The guys kind of willed their way to the basket,” Turgeon said. “It just didn’t drop.”