Terps Beat Golden Gophers

Timothy Earl February 2, 2021 Comments Off on Terps Beat Golden Gophers

The Maryland Terrapins set a program record while beating the Minnesota Golden Gophers 63-49 at Williams Arena.

The victory was their third this year against a conference ranked opponent on the road which was a first in Men’s Basketball program history.

They also snapped the Golden Gophers 11 game home winning streak.

Maryland won by starting with offense and finishing with defense.

The Terps jumped to a 17-3 lead on a three-pointer by guard Eric Ayala who was back to full strength after missing some time with an injury.

Minnesota rallied but the Terps still were up 36-27 at the break.

A jumper by Maryland’s Aaron Wiggins made the score 41-32 with 16:20 to play in the game.

Ayala hit another shot from beyond the arc making the score 48-37 with 11:16 to go.

Maryland held the lead the entire game while holding the Golden Gophers to 22 points in the second half.

The Terps improved to (9-7, 3-6 Big Ten).

Ayala led Maryland in scoring with 21 points.

His teammate Donta Scott had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Wiggins finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.

Jairus Hamilton came of the bench for Maryland and finished with seven points, including a clutch three-pointer when the Gophers were making a run, two rebounds and two assists.

Maryland shot 42 percent from the field while holding Minnesota to 30 percent shooting from the floor.

The Terps finished the game eight of 23 from three-point land while Minnesota only made five of 23 shots from beyond the arc.

Maryland won the rebounding battle 38-30.

The Terps made 17 of 29 free throws while the Golden Gophers were 16 of 25 from the charity stripe.

Maryland shared the rock finishing with 12 assists on 19 made baskets.

Minnesota was led in scoring by Marcus Carr who ended the game with 25 points and seven rebounds.

Brandon Johnson added seven points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort for the (11-5, 4-5) Golden Gophers.