Maryland gets dropped before midnight 84-73 against Michigan
After playing their best game of the season in a victory against Wisconsin, Maryland was unable to keep up with the Michigan’s offense and fell 84-73 at Xfinity Center only hours before the new year.
In the final game of 2020 , Maryland watched local DeMatha product Hunter Dickinson play “like a man possessed” according to head coach Mark Turgeon. Dickinson scored 26 points with 11 rebounds and one technical foul for his consistent taunting of the Terps bench.
While Maryland’s defense has been the identity of the Terps this season, using their length on the perimeter and forcing opponents into difficult shot selections, tonight the Wolverines averaged 1.25 points per possession while running up eighty four points in what was Michigan’s most efficient offensive game of the season.
Donta Scott and Eric Ayala played well and managed to put up nineteen and sixteen points respectively for the game. Donta Scott shot 5-of-5 from three-point range and the Terps shot over 85% from three in the first half, but still found themselves trailing at halftime in large part to the efficiency of Dickinson.
Aaron Wiggins who has been playing well recently on the offensive side of the basket, finding success with his athleticism getting shots near the basket, shot 2-of-11 from the field for the game and could not help Maryland keep pace with the Wolverines.
Maryland was without senior captain Darryl Morsell for the second half of the game after leaving with a brutal face injury on the left side of his head. He went to a local hospital and we are waiting to hear the severity of the injury. With Morsell out, the Terps defense continued to battle, but the lack of Morsell was evident without him.
Maryland will have some time make their adjustments before traveling to Indiana on Monday to play a 6-4 Hoosiers team at 8:00 p.m.