Maryland basketball won their second Gavitt Tipoff Games matchup in convincing fashion against the Butler Bulldogs 79-65 in front of a loud Xfinity Center crowd.
Maryland basketball started this game strong getting the ball inside to their big men and scoring on dribble drives. Michal Cekovsky scored the first five points for the Terps. The game went back and forth in the first half and then Bruno Fernando and Daryll Morsell happened.
Fernando set the tone for Maryland basketball in the first half, making big play after big play. He finished the game with eight points and four rebounds but more than the numbers, he brought game-changing intensity on both ends of the floor. Morsell finished third on the team in scoring with 13 points and added two assists and made a few plays of his own.
The only drawback for Maryland Basketball was turnovers. At halftime, they had 11 turnovers but were leading by seven, 42-35 at halftime, shooting 71 percent from the field and 60 percent from behind the three-point line.
Kelan Martin (12 points, six rebounds) wasn’t as effective as he could have been for the Butler Bulldogs. Maryland’s defense was pretty tight on him in the paint area throughout the game.
Kamar Baldwin, while he did put up 15 points, four rebounds, and three assists, he was 6 for 21 from the field. Another credit to Maryland basketball’s defense. This was a true team effort on both ends of the floor but Anthony Cowan Jr., Bruno Fernando, and Daryll Morsell were the driving force. Maryland Basketball is 3-0 and still dominant at the Xfinity Center.