Maryland offense surged in final six minutes against Duke
Maryland Coach Gary Williams compared the first eight minutes of the second half of Wednesday night's seven-point victory over Duke to two rams butting heads, and that certainly was an appropriate observation. Out of the intermission, neither team was getting many quality looks. And the mutually dry offensive stretch lasted even longer than Williams stated.
The Terrapins ended up scoring nearly as many points in the second half (39) as they did in the first (40). However, when you break things down, it's clear that it took Maryland just more than 14 minutes to get its offense back in gear. Duke, on the other hand, struggled on offense throughout the second half and never was able to recover.
It took Maryland just more than 14 minutes to score points 41-60 on Wednesday night. During that span, the Terrapins averaged 0.8 points per possession, grabbed just one offensive rebound and tallied four turnovers. Duke averaged 0.9 points per possession during that same stretch, despite grabbing nine offensive rebounds.
"Our defense kept us in it early in the second half," Williams said. "In other words, we couldn’t score, so we had to play good defense so that they couldn’t score either, and that allowed us to, when we did finally get going, to win the game."
In the final 5:58 of regulation, Maryland's offense surged, averaging 1.9 points per possession -- a ridiculously efficient mark. Duke picked it up as well on the offensive end, but not by enough to keep up. The Blue Devils averaged 1.2 points per possession during that span.
The key for the Terrapins was that they shot 6 for 8 from the field during that stretch, which enabled them to build a small lead and force Duke to send them to the free throw line in the game's final 30 seconds. Once at the charity stripe, Maryland did not miss. Sean Mosley, Jordan Williams and Greivis Vasquez each made a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to ice the win.
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