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Duke ends slide with rout of Maryland; Terps in trouble

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Durham, NC (Sports Network) - finished with 20 points and added 18 points and 11 rebounds, as No. 3 routed , 86-63, in a battle between ACC rivals at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The win allowed (22-3, 11-2 ACC) to tie for the nation's longest current home winning streak at 40 games, while also snapping a two- game losing streak. Ironically, the ' last home loss came back in the 2000-2001 season when pulled out a victory in Durham.

chipped in 17 points to help avoid its first three-game losing streak since the 1995-96 season. The used a stifling defensive effort to record the win, with leading the way with six of 's 16 steals.

"Our guys really responded well to what's happened this week, losing two really tough games. We came out and I thought played really well today. We got back to playing better defense," explained head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

led (13-10, 4-8 ACC) with 14 points and eight boards. was the only other Terrapin in double figures with 11 points, but it was not enough to keep from dropping its third straight game.

The are now in serious jeopardy of missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 years. has qualified for 10 straight NCAA Tournament berths since 1994, but will need a strong finish to this season to continue the trend.

led 11-9 before the scored nine straight points, sparking a 19-3 burst that spanned five minutes of action. 's tenacious defensive pressure continuously forced turnovers, leading to easy baskets on the other end of the floor. During the spurt turned the ball over on six of 10 possessions. Redick hit two three-pointers during the run and Deng capped it with a dunk, giving a 28-14 advantage midway through the first half.

"When they get on a roll, they roll probably as well as anyone in the country," head coach Gary Williams said. "We tried to stop them with timeouts in the first half, but the thing you find out over the years is that you have to score. You have to match their offense with your offense, and we couldn't do that today."

The domination continued for the and they eventually went into the locker room with a 45-28 advantage. Deng and Redick each had 11 points in the opening half.

, which committed 15 turnovers in the first 20 minutes, was led by Gilchrist's 12 points.

's lead quickly ballooned to 23 points with eight of the first 10 points of the second half. Williams started the scoring with a short jumper and Deng followed with a three-point play. Redick then closed out the burst with a three-pointer to give the home team a commanding 53-30 advantage.

The ' cushion rarely slipped under 20 points throughout the remainder of the second half and they cruised to the easy victory.

"This was a very important game. Nobody wants to lose two in a row, and definitely nobody wants to lose three in a row," Deng said. "If you lose three in a row, there will start being a lot of questioning about our losing streak."

was outperformed in just about every aspect of the game and finished with 23 costly turnovers. The shot the ball extremely well -- to the tune of 50 percent -- while the hit only 38 percent of their shots. Additionally, hit 23-of-29 free throws (79 percent), compared to 14-of-27 shooting (52 percent) from the line for .

The have won 14 of the last 18 meetings and hold a 99-55 advantage in the all-time series between the schools.

suffered its worst loss of the season. Prior to the contest, the largest margin of defeat was 14 points, 82-68, against .
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