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TOP 25 MEN No. 2 Duke suffers first defeat



Published: Thu, January 27, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The Blue Devils went cold down the stretch in a home loss to Maryland.

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DURHAM, N.C. -- For once, Duke ran out of magic, leaving only two unbeaten teams in Division I.

Nik Caner-Medley had 25 points before leaving with an ankle injury, and his Maryland teammates finished off the second-ranked Blue Devils at the free throw line in a 75-66 victory Wednesday night.

The Terrapins (12-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) hung with Duke (15-1, 5-1) and completed the improbable victory by allowing only two points in the final 3 1/2 minutes.

Ekene Ibekwe gave Maryland the lead for good that made it 66-64 with 1:23 left. Travis Garrison started a parade at the line for the Terps. He was 5-for-6 in the final minute, and Ibekwe was 4-for-4 to close it out.

Ibekwe came off the bench for the first time this season and scored 15 points. John Gilchrist had 10 for Maryland.

J.J. Redick led the Blue Devils with 20 points but also had eight turnovers. Shelden Williams added 18 points and 14 rebounds.

No. 8 Boston College 78, Providence 75

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Jared Dudley scored 21 points and hit a 3-pointer with 1:20 remaining to give Boston College the lead. Craig Smith also scored 21 points, and Dudley added 12 rebounds and six assists for Boston College (17-0, 6-0 Big East). Donnie McGrath led Providence (9-9, 0-5) with 17 points. Leading scorer Ryan Gomes was held to 13 points on 5-for-14 shooting.

No. 12 Louisville 99, Marquette 52

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville's Larry O'Bannon made six 3-pointers and scored 30 points, both career highs, in the most-lopsided loss in Marquette history. O'Bannon also had five rebounds and seven assists, and Francisco Garcia added 14 points for the Cardinals (17-3, 5-1 Conference USA). Todd Townsend had 17 points, and Marcus Jackson grabbed 12 rebounds for the Golden Eagles (14-5, 2-4), whose previous worst defeat was a 57-12 loss to Creighton in 1940. Marquette played without senior point guard Travis Diener, who aggravated a sprained ankle in the Eagles' loss to Charlotte on Saturday.

No. 14 Alabama 60, Auburn 55

AUBURN, Ala. -- Earnest Shelton scored 22 points and made five late 3-pointers to lead Alabama (16-3, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) to its fourth straight victory over Auburn (9-9, 0-5).

Nathan Watson led Auburn with 13 points.




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