COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- The third time was the charm for Duke at College Park.
J.J. Redick scored a season-high 26 points as the top-ranked Blue Devils avoided the same fate as their last two visits to Maryland with a 68-60 Atlantic Coast Conference victory.
Duke (15-1, 5-0 ACC), which became No. 1 on Monday, came to Maryland each of the last two seasons as the nation's top-ranked team and left with losses. Redick struggled last season and fouled out in an 87-72 loss in the Blue Devils' first visit to the Comcast Center.
Redick bounced back by nailing five 3-pointers to help Duke build a comfortable lead early. Maryland (10-5, 1-3) made a series of rallies and pulled within 63-60 on a baseline jumper by Nik Caner-Medley with 1:40 to go.
After Duke failed to score, Maryland had a chance to get closer, but Redick stripped Terrapins freshman D.J. Strawberry near the lane. Redick made 4-of-4 from the line in the final 34 seconds to seal the Blue Devils' 12th straight win.
"Strawberry posted me up," Redick said. "They like to post up their guards. There was a play where I just got called for a foul and then I reached down and got all ball. The ref didn't make a call."
"J.J. was great for us," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "We tried to get the ball in his hands down the stretch so when they fouled, he would be the one getting fouled. And when J.J. gets fouled, he usually makes his shots."
Redick showed his range early, draining a 3-pointer from five feet past the arc for a 15-8 lead with 11:16 to go. The Blue Devils led by as many as 14 points before settling for a 35-29 halftime edge.
The Blue Devils came out inspired in the second half as Redick netted six points during a 12-4 run that built a 47-33 advantage with 17:25 remaining. Duke had just eight baskets the rest of the way.
"The last two years, we haven't won or even played well," Blue Devils guard Chris Duhon said. "We wanted to come out and we didn't want to quit. Last year, we kind of quit and let them do whatever they want. This year, it was a tough, physical game."
Freshman Luol Deng collected 13 points and 12 rebounds, helping Duke to a commanding 49-36 advantage on the glass. The Blue Devils had 24 second-chance points on 24 offensive boards.
"What we have to understand is that Duke is a very tough team and they are not going to give you anything," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "I don't get discouraged."
Caner-Medley netted 21 points, but Jamar Smith had his second straight rough effort with 12 on 5-of-14 shooting. Smith was 2-of-12 in Saturday's loss to Georgia Tech.
It was the lowest-scoring game between the teams since Maryland posted a 40-36 triumph on January 9, 1982.