- The Washington Times - Friday, January 18, 2002

DURHAM, N.C. Jason lives, and Maryland's streak in Cameron does not.
Jason Williams led Duke on an awesome offensive showing, and teammate Mike Dunleavy provided the late daggers in the Blue Devils' 99-78 win over the Terrapins last night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Williams had 34 points as Duke broke Maryland's two-game winning streak here.
Top-ranked Duke (15-1, 4-1 ACC) returned to first place by using a second-half surge from All-American Williams and Dunleavy's bombs as the Blue Devils pulled away. The No. 3 Terps (13-3, 3-1) couldn't survive 20 turnovers and a subpar showing from Juan Dixon.
"I hurt my team a lot," said Dixon, who was two of nine from the field and finished with 10 points. "I didn't stay tough. I missed a lot of opportunities and I didn't knock down shots. … You have to win games on the defensive end. We didn't play good team defense."
Dunleavy had 21 points 19 in the second half and seven steals after Williams had led the way. Duke has now won four out of five from Maryland, including wins in the ACC tournament and in the Final Four last season. Dahntay Jones did an excellent job on Dixon, who was held to 10 points and sat out most of the second half.
Gary Williams' Terps were unable to take advantage of their advantage on the inside against Duke's perimeter players. Williams now has a career 3-24 record against Mike Krzyzewski. The Terps broke Duke's 46-game home-winning streak in 2000.
The Blue Devils took the lead on the game's 30th lead change early in the second half to start a 17-6 run. After Maryland took a 57-56 lead on an inside basket by Lonny Baxter (team-high 24 points), Williams gave Duke the lead on a slashing layup. Following a turnover by Drew Nicholas, Williams padded the lead with runners off the glass after slashing through the lane.
Duke kept pulling away. Williams used a stutter step to go around Steve Blake on the right wing for a traditional 3-point play, and Matt Christensen scored on a putback to make it 73-63 with 12:33 remaining.
The Terps did rally with a seven-point run starting with a Baxter slam, and closing with a 12-point baseline jumper from Nicholas that cut it to 73-70, but Duke and Dunleavy took it from there.
Dunleavy's leaner in the lane made it a five-point lead. On the Blue Devils' next possession, he drilled a 3-pointer from the right side after a crisp crosscourt pass from Williams. Williams' steal and breakaway layup put Duke firmly in charge at 80-70 with 9:20 left.
"We came out playing in the first half, but we didn't keep up the enthusiasm. We let them get hot," Baxter said. "Jason Williams had a great night against us. He was the difference in the game."
Dunleavy soon scored five straight, including a 25-footer from straightaway that gave the Blue Devils a 85-73 advantage.
Maryland led 49-48 at halftime after a wildly entertaining first half that featured 26 lead changes. The Terps took the final lead of the half at 49-46 when Ryan Randle put back his own miss with :45 left.
After Williams missed a 3-pointer, Dixon fed Randle for a layup to make it a 3-point bulge. Jones immediately pushed the ball upcourt and made a buzzer-beating circus shot off the glass from just inside the foul line.
Williams had 16 points and three assists as he pushed the ball at fever pitch. Baxter led Maryland with 11, although he sat out the final 5:01 with foul trouble. But Randle, regarded as a defensive and rebounding specialist, filled in admirably by scoring the Terps' final seven points of the half.
The Terps shot 54 percent in the half, in part due to a strong showing by Nicholas, who had eight points after making all three of his field goal attempts and two foul shots.
After Duke took a 35-27 lead, Maryland responded with nine straight to take the lead. Nicholas started the run with a short jumper. Chris Wilcox cut it to six with a tip-in. Dixon cut it to 35-34 with a traditional play off a cutting layup after a precision baseline feed from Wilcox. After Dunleavy's miss, Wilcox gave Maryland the lead with a jump hook.
Earlier, Duke broke a 22-22 tie on a full-court drive and layup by Williams to start a seven-point Blue Devils run. Chris Duhon stole a perimeter pass from Nicholas and scored on a breakaway layup. Daniel Ewing gave Duke a 29-22 edge on an open 3-pointer from the right side after Williams drew the defense to the middle of his court with his dribble.
The game began at a frenetic pace with Duke jumping out to a 5-0 lead just 20 seconds in. Williams got his own rebound and scored. The Blue Devils surprised Maryland by opening in a full-court press, and Duhon stole the inbounds pass and converted a 3-point play after a layup and a foul on Wilcox.
The Terps immediately responded to take a 6-5 advantage on three free throws from Baxter and a 3-pointer by Dixon from the left corner. That sparked a spectacular stretch that had 14 lead changes before Duke had its seven-point run.

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