Josh Hairston played his best game of the season despite tearing a ligament in his riht thumb Saturday. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY
College Park, Md.—In the coming days, there will be plenty of time to digest exactly what went wrong for Duke at Maryland. But for now, here are a few thoughts that didn't make the game story from the 83-81 loss:
***Maryland fans have long had a reputation for being less-than-hospitable to opponents. There was, for example, a two-word, expletive-laced cheer ending in “You” aimed at Mason Plumlee by one of the student sections.
But the Terrapins’ fans make more than just the students uncomfortable. After the game, Mark Turgeon said his family left the arena last week at the Virginia game because the cheers were too painful to hear.
“It’s been a hard week on my family,” he said. Hard on my son last week. They had to leave the gym because the fans were so hard on his dad. This, this is for them. I’ve got a loyal family, very loyal to me. Excuse me guys, I’m sorry,” he said as his voice cracked.
“That being said, I know what it means for our fanbase. I wanted to beat Duke. I wanted to beat Duke. This means a lot to me. I talked about it in the summer, ‘God, if we beat Duke, I’m going to be in the student section, I’m going to be hanging out with the students. It means a lot to me. Tough on the family, I’m really happy for them.”
To reiterate: Maryland fans were saying things that were so terrible during the 80-69 loss to the Cavaliers that his family—his wife, Ann, two sons William Harris and Leo and daughter Ella—left the Comcast Center.
***The loss drops Duke three games back of the Miami Hurricanes with just six games remaining on the Blue Devils’ ACC schedule.
***Josh Hairston, who scored a season-high 11 points in the loss, tore a ligament in his right thumb Saturday, Mike Krzyzewski said after the game. He will be able to play the rest of the year before getting it fixed in the offseason