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Terrapins close Cole on Duke

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2002

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The last guy out of the Cole Field House should have shut the lights, closed the door and put a padlock on the place.

It would be entirely appropriate if the final two games scheduled for the venerable building were held at another venue. Such a move would enable Maryland fans to further savor the lasting memory of one final upset at the arena they've called home since 1955.

What can the Terrapins possibly do for an encore after their emotionally charged 87-73 rout of top-ranked Duke on Sunday?

Third-ranked Maryland led from the start, and when the final buzzer sounded, many in the crowd of 14,500 stormed the court to celebrate the Terrapins' first win over Duke at Cole in five tries since 1997.

''It was a great day,'' said Chris Wilcox, who had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Maryland. ''At the beginning of the season, we came to an agreement that we would not lose another game at Cole Field House this year. We wanted to close Cole with an undefeated record.''

In other Top 25 games Sunday, it was Rutgers 64, No. 13 Miami 61; No. 19 Wake Forest 92, No. 15 Virginia 70; and No. 22 Indiana 75, Michigan 55.

The Terps improved to 13-0 at home this season, with games against Wake Forest and Virginia to follow. Neither of those will generate the kind of emotion from the players or fans that this game did.

''Every pass -- forget the possessions -- every pass was big,'' said Maryland coach Gary Williams, who improved to 8-25 against the Blue Devils. ''Every defensive stop, too. When you stop them, you're like building something.

''You know you're going to have to do that for 40 minutes against a team like Duke. It was tremendous to see our guys really dig it out when they made that run in the end.''

Last year, the Terrapins lost 98-96 to Duke at home in overtime when they failed to hold a 10-point lead with a minute left in regulation. The Blue Devils won three of four against Maryland last season, rallying from a 22-point deficit at the Final Four on the way to the national championship.

This time, Maryland let a 25-point lead dwindle to 11 with 2:39 remaining, but the Blue Devils couldn't get closer in losing its grip on first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

''The team that should have won did win, and they won in convincing fashion,'' Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. ''We made a good run in the end, but the game was never in doubt.''

Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Jason Williams scored 17 for the Blue Devils (23-2, 11-2), whose 11-game winning streak ended.

Juan Dixon scored 17 for the Terrapins (21-3, 11-1), off to their best ACC start in school history.

Cole has been the site of seven games in which a No. 1 team has been defeated. Notre Dame's Joyce Athletic Center is second in the nation with six.

''It has been a great, great building,'' Krzyzewski said. ''This is a building that has a soul. It has a soul because a lot of life was pumped into it.''

The place was as lively as it's ever been Sunday. The student section was filled hours before the opening tipoff, and the noise reached a fever pitch as Maryland bolted to leads of 12-4 and 27-14.

Rutgers 64, No. 13 Miami 61

Jerome Coleman scored a career-high 30 points, and Rutgers held off visiting Miami when Darius Rice missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Rutgers (17-8, 7-5 Big East) beat a ranked team for the fourth time at home this season, setting a school record.

No. 22 Indiana 75, Michigan 55

Jarrad Odle, Jeff Newton and Kyle Hornsby scored 17 points each as Indiana won at Michigan to pull into a first-place tie in the Big Ten with Ohio State.

The Hoosiers (17-8, 9-3) are seeking their first Big Ten title since 1993. Indiana plays host to the Buckeyes on Wednesday before traveling to Michigan State and Illinois in a three-day span.

Chris Young led the Wolverines (10-14, 5-8) with 18 points. Bernard Robinson scored 11 and Leon Jones added 10.

No. 19 Wake Forest 92, No. 15 Virginia 70

Darius Songaila scored a career-high 30 points, and Craig Dawson added 17 as Wake Forest found its defense against Virginia.

The host Demon Deacons (18-8, 8-4) remained in third place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, snapping a four-game skid against ranked teams.

Wake Forest gave up consecutive 100-point games for the first time since 1982-83, but held Virginia to 34 percent shooting while hitting 58 percent.

Roger Mason Jr. led Virginia (16-7, 6-6) with a career-high 31 points.



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