Maryland Basketball improved to 14-0 against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers with a 66-45 win
Maryland Basketball (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten) improved to 14-0 against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers (8-6, 0-0 American East) with a 66-45 win behind solid performances from Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan.
Mark Turgeon came into this last game of Maryland’s non-conference schedule looking for a win that would give him solid numbers as a coach. Four hundred and 150. Four hundred career wins and 150 wins as Maryland’s head coach.
Maryland as a basketball program was 13-0 all-time against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers and they were able to get No.14 after a rough first half.
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The big story here for Maryland is the loss of Justin Jackson, but throughout his injury woes, the Terps have been able to play well. The Terps lost Ivan Bender to a knee injury during the game but it’s unclear how long he will be out.
The Terps were facing a UMBC Retrievers team that could get hot from behind the three-point line easily and as we all know, teams live and die by the three-point shot. When teams get hot from behind there, that spells bad news for the other team which is why perimeter defense needed to be a key component to win this game.
UMBC led Maryland at halftime 24-18. Both teams struggled from the three-point line in the first half (combined 6-29) and Maryland had a hard time taking care of the ball. The Terps had 10 turnovers to UMBC’s seven.
UMBC was moving the ball better on offense than Maryland was in the first half. They were able to get the ball inside whereas Maryland had a tough time with UMBC drawing offensive fouls.
At the half, UMBC Guard K.J. Maura led all scorers with nine points and three assists. Darryl Morsell led the Terps with five points
Maryland jumped out to 14-5 run in the first half and Huerter was a major contributor to Maryland’s effort to get ahead. Under nine minutes to go in the game, he had 14 points in the half and was 4-7 from behind the arc. Under seven minutes remaining, Maryland started to pull away with a 52-36 lead.
Maryland outscored UMBC 48-21 in the second half and although Cowan struggled shooting the ball during the game, he finished with a solid stat line 14 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists while Huerter had 20 points and six rebounds.
This game was sloppy for both teams offensively in the first half. The Terps should have scored way more than 18 points in the first half of this game but they redeemed themselves by playing solid defense and taking good shots in the second half.