Blue Devils fans refer to the final 60 seconds of Duke’s 2001 road game at Maryland as the “Miracle Minute.” To Terrapins players and fans, it was more like something out a nightmare.
For the first 39 minutes, Maryland had been the better team, outscoring their bitter ACC rivals, 90–80 – only to watch helplessly as Jason Williams took over when it mattered most.
It started with a Williams layup that made it 90–82, 53.5 seconds left. Before Maryland fans could blink, Williams stole the ball from Drew Nicholas and buried a 3-pointer to make it 90–85, 48.7 seconds left. Nicholas was fouled right away and missed two free throws, leading to another Williams 3-pointer that made it 90–88 with 40.7 seconds left.
Duke’s pressure forced another Maryland turnover and eventually resulted in two free throws from Nate James that knotted the score at 90-all, sending the game into overtime. The Blue Devils would triumph, 98–96.
Williams, currently a college basketball analyst for ESPN, scored 10 of his 25 points in the final minute of regulation and OT. Twelve years after the “Miracle Minute,” Duke and Maryland square off at Cameron Indoor Stadium this Saturday. Jason Williams profile