DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Kyle Singler scored a season-high 26 points and No. 2 Duke withstood Maryland’s comeback attempt to beat the Terrapins 77-65 on Wednesday night for its 12th straight win.
Greg Paulus added 20 points for the Blue Devils (22-1, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who blew most of a 16-point lead but used an 11-2 run to snap Maryland’s four-game winning streak.
Greivis Vasquez scored 25 points for the Terrapins (16-9, 6-4), while James Gist — who averaged 22 points over the last six games — was held to nine on 3-of-11 shooting.
Singler’s previous best game was a 25-point effort in a 77-73 victory over Marquette in the championship game of the Maui Invitational. He started Duke’s game-deciding run when, after Maryland closed within two points with less than 8 minutes left, he drove the left baseline for a layup to make it 59-55.
Two possessions later, he swished a 3-pointer from the left wing and added a fast-break dunk. Jon Scheyer’s drive through the lane with 4:08 remaining gave the Blue Devils a 68-57 lead.
Bambale Osby added 13 points for Maryland, which rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit with a 12-3 run and closed within two on Gist’s fast-break dunk that made it 57-55 with 8 minutes left.
*****I didn’t get a chance to see the game, does anyone know if the Maryland Terrapins wore those UGLY Yellow uniforms last night?*****
The ACC tonight:
NC State @ Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
TV: ESPN (XM 190)
Wake Forest @ Florida State
TV: RAYCOM (Split) (XM 192)