Maryland defeated the New Mexico Lobos 80-65 on Saturday to push their record to 6-1. The win came in the consolation game of the Emerald Coast Classic so the Terps were awarded 3rd place. Those that were able to watch, as the game was so low-profile it wasn’t shown on tv, saw Maryland jump out to a 27-3 lead in the first 10 minutes. They would then coast to the win from there, never allowing the Lobos any kind of significant run.
None of the starters scored less than 8, and Anthony Cowan led the way with 21. Maryland needed to start fast, and start fast it did. Dion Wiley opened the game with two 3’s before the first timeout which sparked a solid performance from deep for the Terps. He only made one more shot the rest of the way, but those opening scores were huge to grab the momentum early.
Justin Jackson has been much maligned recently, not playing up to his obvious potential for a myriad of reasons. However, he played very well today recording 16 points and 7 rebounds, 4 of which were offensive. He also had a couple important and-1’s that stopped the momentum from swinging to the Lobos.
-Jared Nickens continued to find his stroke, hitting two 3s
-Fernando absolutely posterized the Lobos, continuing his solid start to the season
-turnovers are still a problem, as the Terps committed 43 in two games at the ECC
Maryland will play again at Syracuse on Monday as part of the Big Ten/ACC challenge. the game tips at 7 on ESPN2