Terps Wallop Wolverines

Timothy Earl March 6, 2015 Comments Off on Terps Wallop Wolverines

u-marylandThe 14th-ranked Maryland Terrapins mashed the Michigan Wolverines 66-56 to complete their inaugural Big Ten home season undefeated before a packed and rowdy crowd on Senior Day at Xfinity Center.

The men could not top the Women’s basketball team which went 18-0 in conference play in their first year in the Big Ten,  but at 9-0 at home in conference play they did become the first coach Mark Turgeon team to complete a home-game undefeated season. They finished the season 18-1 at College Park.

The Terrapins improved to ( 24-5, 12-4 Big Ten) and are in second place in the conference behind only 5th-ranked Wisconsin who they defeated earlier in the week.

The Terrapins led the entire second half but had their advantage cut to 43-40 by Spike Albrecht’s  3-pointer with 8:43 to go but Maryland finished the game on a 23-16 run to secure the victory. 11 of those points came from their reliable freshman point guard Melo Trimble who has developed the habit of helping the Terps close out games this season. He finished with a game-high 19 points, five assists and four rebounds.

The other 12 points came from senior leader Dez Wells who chipped in with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists and junior forward Jake Layman who finished with 10 points, including making a big three-pointer on a pass from Trimble to give his team a 57-46 lead with 4:30 to play in the contest.

A Wells three-pointer gave the Terps their biggest lead of the game at 60-48 with 3:34 to go and his assist on a Layman dunk made the score 64-54 with 1:19 to play and allowed coach Turgeon, who started the game with his seniors, to put in the senior reserves to close out the game before a boisterous and happy crowd. Terrapin fans are looking forward to a trip back to the NCAA tournament as a high-seeded team for another first in the Maryland-Turgeon-era.

Although the Terrapins got off to a slow start, this game was won in the first 20 minutes because Maryland ended the half on a 12-0 run which included a deep Trimble three to give his team a 31-20 lead at the break. The Terps never trailed again.

Maryland shot 45 percent from the field, making 11 of 22 three-pointers, with freshman sharp-shooter Jared Nickens giving his team a lift off the bench, nailing 3 of 5 shots from long distance while scoring nine points. Senior Richaud Pack hit both of his 3’s and finished with six points and four rebounds.

Meanwhile, the Terrapins defense, which held Michigan scoreless for nearly the final five minutes of the first half, allowed only 24 percent three-point shooting for the game. Michigan went 1 for 9 in the first half on three-point attempts and shot 37 percent overall from the floor.

Each team went 13 of 15 from the free throw line while the Terps won the rebounding battle 32-30. Maryland senior Evan Smotrycz, who transferred from Michigan, led the Terps in rebounding with nine while handing out four assists and registering two steals. Terp senior Jon Graham chipped in with six points and four rebounds in 12 efficient minutes of work.

Albrecht and Zak Irvin led Michigan with 15 points each, while Ricky Doyle snagged a team-high nine rebounds in a losing effort for the ( 14-14, 7-9) Wolverines.