“[We] started a little flat,” Coach Mark Turgeon admitted in his post game press conference. “Started to look like last year’s game against Iowa” he continued. But his squad finished the game on a 30-9 run, anything but flat. The Terps, who lost 83-69 the last time Iowa came to town, rallied behind the explosive play of both big men, freshman Bruno Fernando, and senior Michal Cekovsky, who had 13 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist. Both players, who usually alternate for each other on the court, actually played a decent amount simultaneously on the court. Fernando finished with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists gave the Terps the push they needed to get it going. Whenever Fernando made a play, the atmosphere of the Xfinity Center became electric, it was the loudest I’ve heard it in any time I’ve attended a contest.
“It’s really important for us…we were able to bounce back tonight” said Fernando when asked how important a win was after the devastating loss at the hands of Michigan St. on Thursday night. Getting back on the winning track is hugely important for this team, especially with the lack of depth after losing both Justin Jackson and Ivan Bender. Joshua Tomaić logged impressive minutes tonight with the team, being a presence defensively and, when needed, on offense.
After Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery was booted from the game after charging onto the court and given two (2) technical fouls, the Terrapins took advantage of the situation and the porous defense that they were facing, and it was reflected in the box score. According to Hawkeyes reporter Chad Leistikow, Iowa had given up 40+ points in 5 of their last 6 halves of basketball, something the Terps did immediately.
Freshman Darryl Morsell also took advantage of his time on the court, throwing down a couple of momentum-changing dunks. “It gives me energy, to have the building…Terp Nation…have everybody supporting me” when asked about how the crowd reacted to his flashy plays. Morsell had 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists on the evening.
The final score was 91-73 Terps, the next time the Terrapins hit the hardwood they will be in Columbus, OH. taking on the Ohio State Buckeyes. That game is Thursday, January 11th at 7pm.
— Vasilios (@VtheNFLGuy)