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ATLANTA — Juan Dixon wanted to savor a victory over Georgia Tech before he started thinking about Duke.

Maryland's senior guard did a little bit of everything — scoring 26 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, making a crucial steal and pass in the final minute — to help the fourth-ranked Terrapins escape with a 92-87 win Sunday.

The buzzer had hardly sounded when the subject turned to Thursday night. Maryland travels to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on second-ranked Duke, rekindling the Atlantic Coast Conference's hottest rivalry.

"I'm enjoying this one right now," Dixon said, preferring to focus on the Terrapins' first victory at Georgia Tech since 1998. "I'll think about that tomorrow."

Maryland (13-2, 3-0) and Duke played four memorable games last season. The Blue Devils won three times — including a Final Four victory that cleared the way to a national championship — but the Terrapins did manage to win at Cameron for the second straight year.

"Everybody's talking about Duke-Maryland," Maryland's Byron Mouton said. "I'm real excited about it. I can't wait to play in it."

Maryland built a 16-point lead over Georgia Tech before the game was 10 minutes old, then struggled to hold on down the stretch. The Yellow Jackets (7-10, 0-4) got as close as 68-67 and shaved the margin to two on seven occasions over the final 4 1/2 minutes.

The Terrapins never relinquished the lead, largely because of Dixon.

"Our effort was certainly worthy of winning," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said, "but we got beat by a great player who makes great plays in a lot of different ways. If Juan Dixon's not making a 3, he's making a great pass. At the end, he made that steal."

With less than a minute to go and Maryland clinging to an 85-83 lead, Lonny Baxter tried to force a pass into the lane and Robert Brooks picked it off for Georgia Tech.

The Yellow Jackets headed the other way, looking to tie things up or go ahead with a 3-pointer. Instead, they didn't even get off a shot — Dixon came up from behind Tony Akins at midcourt and stole the ball back.

"I don't think he saw me," Dixon said. "I was baiting him, waiting for him to put the ball in his left hand."

Dixon wasn't content with just making the steal. He spotted teammate Chris Wilcox alone under the basket, lobbing a perfect pass that Wilcox turned into a clinching dunk with 26 seconds to go.

"Fortunately, we have a great senior player in Juan Dixon," Maryland coach Gary Williams said.

NO. 2 DUKE 76, N.C. STATE 57: Mike Dunleavy scored 15 straight points in a 23-2 run to close the first half and outscored North Carolina State by one point in the first half as the Blue Devils (14-1, 3-1 ACC) rolled to the road victory. Dunleavy finished with a career-high 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting as Duke beat the Wolfpack for the 11th straight time.

Josh Powell had 12 points for North Carolina State (12-4, 2-2), which had won seven of eight, including road wins over Syracuse and Virginia, both Top Ten teams.

INDIANA 77, NO. 13 IOWA 66: Jared Jeffries scored 26 points for the visiting Hoosiers (11-5, 4-0), who are off to their best start in the Big Ten since 1992-93.

Ryan Hogan had 15 points for the Hawkeyes (13-5, 2-2), who only got 12 points from Luke Recker and a season-low seven from Reggie Evans.

NO. 18 GONZAGA 75, SAN DIEGO 62: Dan Dickau scored 10 of his 23 points over the final nine minutes as the Bulldogs (15-2, 2-0 West Coast) won their 12th straight.

Roy Morris had 17 points for the Toreros (9-6, 1-1), who handed Gonzaga two of its nine home losses over the past decade.