Maryland runs undone by Duke's second chances
By the time Duke forward Kyle Singler blocked a Cliff Tucker lay-up attempt with 5:33 to go in Saturday's 21-point Maryland loss, the Terrapins' chances for a comeback long had been extinguished. And what happened on the other end of the court following Singler's block helped explain why Maryland never was able to cut the deficit any further than 10 points in the second half.
Duke guard Andre Dawkins missed a three-point attempt, but Singler grabbed the offensive rebound. The ball ended up in Dawkins's hands again, and again he missed his shot. This time, Duke center Brian Zoubek grabbed the offensive rebound and attempted a tip-in. That missed as well, but Zoubek snagged the ball once more and finally put it in the basket.
That Duke offensive possession ran about a full minute off the game clock and consisted of four Blue Devils shots and -- more importantly -- three offensive rebounds. Technically, Zoubek's basket counted as a second chance bucket, though it was really a fourth chance bucket. Regardless, it put the Blue Devils up by 22, which is more or less where their lead remained the rest of the afternoon.
"In the second half I thought we were more competitive," Coach Gary Williams said. "I felt we played harder. We made a run there that was nice, but it just wasn’t there. Over the course of 40 minutes, we didn’t do the things necessary to win the game either offensively or defensively, especially giving them the second shots that they had."
Duke claimed the edge in second chance points, 20-12, on Saturday. The Blue Devils out-rebounded Maryland on the offensive glass, 20-16, and overall, 44-37. Zoubek contributed 17 rebounds all by himself.
At one point in the second half, senior guard Greivis Vasquez tallied 10 straight points in an attempt to rally the Terrapins. At a different point, Maryland was able to pull within 10 points of the lead.
"We started to catch a run, but every time we got a run, they would always answer back and that’s what killed us today," Tucker said. "We got like two or three runs where we thought we were going to come back but each time they always got a second chance rebound or made a big three, got their crowd into it and that’s what killed us."
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