COLLEGE PARK -- Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon was once on the other side of all of this. Back in 2013 when he was with the Blue Devils, the Terrapins toppled then-No. 2 Duke in front of a racous crowd in College Park.
It was the same level of enthusiasm from a sellout crowd of 17,950 on Tuesday night that helped to carry Maryland to a comeback 75-71 win over Georgetown.
Sulaimon, now a Terrapin, was important beyond his stat line of 10 points and seven assists, including a three-pointer with 1:18 to play that put the Terrapins up for good.
“Now that I’m on this side, I can officially say it. They’re the best fans in the world,” he said.
“The atmosphere out there was crazy. We needed every bit of it. At times, we had our ups and downs in the game, they kind of carried us through it. We just tried to feed off that energy, especially down the stretch when we were tired or whatever.”
Sulaimon’s three with just over a minute to play tied the largest lead for Maryland up to that point in the game. Two other times they led by that margin, but never more until there were 12 seconds to play when the Terrapins led by five. This was a game where Maryland played almost exclusively from behind.
Games like that call for players like Sulaimon, who was a calming influence throughout. Any Maryland fans still holding onto that Duke thing now?