Maryland finished off their non-conference schedule with a win over UMBC, 66-45. Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr. led the way again, both stuffing the stat sheet. Huerter dropped 20 points along with 6 boards and Cowan Jr. added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Darryl Morsell finished with 13 as well.
The first half to this game was absolutely disgusting. The Terps trailed 24-18 at half, before exploding for 48 in the second. This is one of those games where Maryland is happy they played UMBC, and not Michigan State.
A couple pieces of history were made last night in the game. Mark Turgeon picked up career win number 400, and the ‘Red Mamba’ picked up his 500th career point.
Turgeon has 150 wins as the head coach of the Terrapins and is on a 400-230 run since 1998. Turgeon previously coached Jacksonville State, Texas A&M, and Wichita State before taking over at Maryland.
Just after the Terrapins dropped the bomb that Justin Jackson will miss the remainder of the year, Ivan Bender went down with some sort of leg injury in the second half of the game last night. Even though Bender isn’t a superstar for this team, he provides solid minutes off the bench and can slide into that starting five if needed. Turgeon said he will find out the seriousness of the injury tomorrow, and will make an announcement.
Without Jackson, Maryland can’t afford too many more injuries. If Bender is out for a good amount of time, Sean Obi, Joshua Tomaic, and Jared Nickens will have to expand their roles much more. Hopefully, it’s just a ‘tweak’ and will be back by Penn State. Maryland also suffered another loss, as the greatest walk-on in the game today, Andrew Terrell, will miss 4-6 weeks.
Maryland improves to 12-3, still standing at 1-1 in conference play. Not the absolute best non-conference performance, but 9 games over .500 is pretty damn good. The next time Maryland plays is against Penn State on Tuesday, January 2nd. The Nittany Lions are a tough squad, but these are the kind of Big Ten wins Maryland needs to help them get to the Big Dance in March.