Jan. 3, 1998
Maryland Crushed by Phenomenal Duke Shooting
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Roshown McLeod scored 15 points in the first half Saturday night as No. 3 Duke staged a phenomenal shooting show and went on to hand No. 20 Maryland its most lopsided home loss in 29 seasons, 104-72.
The Blue Devils (12-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 61-39 at halftime after going 11-for-19 from 3-point range and making 16 of 17 foul shots. Duke made a season-high 14 3-pointers overall, including four by Steve Wojciechowski, who scored 13 points.
Freshman Shane Battier led Duke with a season-best 18 points and McLeod had 17.
Obinna Ekezie had a career-high 23 points, including 13 free throws, and Rodney Elliott scored 22 for Maryland (7-5, 0-2). But the Terrapins got little production from anyone else; leading scorer Laron Profit scored just seven points and did not make a field goal.
It all added up to Maryland's worst defeat at Cole Field House since a 33-point loss to South Carolina in the 1969-70 season - Lefty Driesell's fifth game as coach of the Terrapins.
It was Duke's first ACC game without leading scorer and rebounder Elton Brand, who is out for the season after breaking his foot Dec. 27. His replacement at center, fellow freshman Chris Burgess, had four points and one rebound.
Not that it mattered. The Blue Devils were perfectly content to fire away from the outside, and their success rate was nothing short of extraordinary - they made four straight 3-pointers to open the game and were 9-for-12 in the opening 13 minutes while building a 45-22 lead.
Trajan Langdon grabbed the opening tip and immediately hit a 3-pointer to put Duke ahead for good. It was 14-9 before Battier had five points in a 9-0 run, and the Blue Devils gradually upped the lead to 26 points late in the half.
Maryland scored the first five points of the second half to close to 61-44, but Duke responded with a 13-1 run that featured a 3-pointer by Langdon. The margin reached 30 points with 9:25 remaining.