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Updated: Sunday, March 14, 2004 5:45 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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Maryland 95, (4) Duke 87 (ot)

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Twenty years later, Maryland finally rules the Atlantic Coast Conference again.

John Gilchrist turned in another virtuoso performance as the Terrapins ended fourth-ranked Duke's five-year run of ACC tournament titles with a thrilling 95-87 overtime shocker.

Maryland (19-11) captured its first ACC crown since a Lefty Driesell-coached team won it in 1984 over Duke in coach Mike Krzyzewski's first title game. Since that loss, Krzyzewski has won eight titles and was seemingly on his way to a ninth as the Blue Devils held a 74-62 lead on a basket by Chris Duhon with 4:57 left in regulation.

That was the final basket in the second half for Duke (27-5) as Maryland closed on a 15-3 run, forging a 77-77 tie on Gilchrist's three-point play that fouled Shelden Williams out of the game with 20 seconds left.

"I saw Shelden Williams jump out," Gilchrist said. "Once I turned the corner and went to the hole, I thought he was going to let me go. I just felt the bump and concentrated more on making it."

The Blue Devils' J.J. Redick missed an open 3-pointer at the end of regulation that could have won the game and the Terrapins took over in overtime by getting to the foul line. Maryland made 14-of-20 free throws in the extra session and fouled out Duke big men Nick Horvath and Shavlik Randolph.

Gilchrist, named tournament MVP, finished with 26 points one day after a career-high 30-point performance in Maryland's 85-82 semifinal win over North Carolina State in which the Terrapins rallied from 21 points down.

"Our backs were against the wall," Gilchrist said. "We believe in each other and we pulled together and won the game."

The sixth-seeded Terrapins, a bubble team just over a week ago, have won five straight and knocked off the top three seeds in the tournament in succession. They clinched their school-record 11th straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

"It means a lot to me, Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "As you go along in your coaching career, I think you gain satisfaction from your team doing what they do. We had to stay tough this year. It was amazing after 10 straight NCAAs we had some criticism with a team with 10 freshmen and sophomores. We really had to stay together."

Maryland's Jamar Smith, the lone senior in the rotation, took advantage of Duke's foul trouble to collect 25 points and 12 rebounds. Smith was able to get loose for six points in the extra session with Shelden Williams out.

Travis Garrison added 19 points for the Terrapins, who blew an early 11-point lead in the first half before staging another rally.

"Their team spirit was the thing that won it for them," Krzyzewski said. "When you get beat by a team that shows that, you just shake their hands and congratulate them, because someone had to beat you. The team that beat us was the one that showed this great spirit throughout the weekend."

Duhon, playing despite bruised ribs suffered on a fall in the first half, scored 21 points to lead all five starters in double figures for Duke. But Duhon passed up a 3-point attempt late in overtime and Daniel Ewing misfired from the arc with 26 seconds left and the Blue Devils facing a 90-87 deficit.

The Terrapins' comeback in the final five minutes of regulation was helped by the Blue Devils' inability to close out the game. Duke missed its final six shots of the second half and also finished at 52 percent (16-of-31) from the line.


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