Seth Allen’s foul shots lift Maryland to upset win over No. 2 Duke
College Park, MD, United States (4E Sports) – Freshman guard Seth Allen sank two pressure-packed foul shots with 2.8 seconds remaining to carry Maryland to an 83-81 upset victory over No. 2 Duke Saturday at Comcast Center.
The Terrapins led by as many as 10 in the second half but the Blue Devils tied the game at 81 with 16.7 seconds left behind three foul shots by Rasheed Sulaimon.
In the ensuing play, Allen was fouled by Quinn Cook as he drove through the lane. He broke the deadlock with two foul shots.
Duke called timeout to map out the final play but Cook’s desperation 30-footer bounced off the back rim, ending the Terrapins’ six-game losing streak against the Blue Devils.
Alex Len scored 19 points on 6-for-8 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds while Allen finished with 16 for the Terrapins, who improved to 18-7 (6-6 ACC).
Dez Wells added nine points while Jake Layman, James Padgett and Charles Mitchell added eight markers each for Maryland, which won despite committing 26 turnovers, eight by Allen.
The Terrapins made up for their sloppy play by shooting an impressive 60 percent from the floor and outrebounding the Blue Devils, 40-20.
Seth Curry scored 25 points on 11-for-17 shooting, Cook added 18 and Sulaimon had 16 for the weary Blue Devils, who were playing their third game in a seven-day span.
“This has been an exhausting schedule for our team since NC State. We’re playing on fumes and I think you could tell that,” said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Center Mason Plumlee looked exhausted the whole game, scoring just four points on 2-for-7 shooting as Duke (22-3, 9-3 ACC) had a six-game winning streak snapped.
“I didn’t show up to play today and I let my teammates down. That’s not how I’ve played all season. I hope it doesn’t happen again. It’s all on me,” Plumlee said.