Smith Hurt, Number 5 Duke Routs Maryland 87-71
GREENSBORO, NC – Kyle Singler scored 29 points and Number 5 Duke, after star guard Nolan Smith went down with a toe injury, pulled away late to beat Maryland 87-71 on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Mason Plumlee added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the second-seeded Blue Devils (28-4), but coach Mike Krzyzewski said league player of the year Smith injured the second toe on his left foot with under 7 minutes left.
The two-time reigning ACC tournament champions held Maryland without a field goal for 6 minutes down the stretch to reach the conference semifinals for the fourth straight year.
Jordan Williams had 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead the seventh-seeded Terrapins (19-14). They kept things tight for much of the second half, pulling to 63-60 on Dino Gregory’s layup with 10:15 remaining. Singler hit a driving layup with just under 9 minutes left to start the decisive 24-9 run.