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Terps fall to Duke in final ACC matchup, 69-67

Dez Wells had a big second half, but it wasn't enough to topple Duke.
Dez Wells had a big second half, but it wasn't enough to topple Duke.
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The Maryland Terrapins and Duke Blue Devils put on a classic in their final showdown as ACC foes, a game that certainly captured the essence of the rivalry between the two.

While the Terps haven't been very competitive in recent years, they still managed to beat Duke twice last season and always find a way to get up for their rival.

Saturday night was no different, but the Terps came up agonizingly short in a 69-67 loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Charles Mitchell watched in horror as his game-winning shot attempt bounced off the rim a couple of times and then into the arms of a Duke player, sealing the loss for the Terps.

Head coach Mark Turgeon leaped a few times and then stomped the floor in disgust. Mitchell fell to the ground and covered his face. It seemed impossible that Mitchell's shot did not go in the basket.

Instead, the Terps are left with another disappointing loss this season and in the series.

Dez Wells was tremendous in the second half. He didn't score in the first half, but finished with 17 points. Charles Mitchell batted foul problems the entire game but was dominant down low when he was able to be on the floor.

The Terps now try to pick up the pieces and regroup before hosting Wake Forest Tuesday night. The frustration of having two straight chances to beat ranked teams on the road and coming up just short in both cases certainly doesn't help matters.

Unless Maryland finds a way to win the ACC tournament, they won't be reaching the Big Dance.

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