What a sad way to end a great season. There is no doubt we will never know how this game might have ended if Melo didn’t first receive a shoulder shiver from Nathan Adrian and then was accidentally kicked in the head by Damonte Dodd. The Terps were only down by 3 when Melo went out in tears. As usual he was playing brilliantly. With all the turnovers and steals the Terps were still in the game after Melo knocked down a trey.
Once Melo went out the Terps had trouble getting the ball past half court Only the horrific shooting of the Mountaineers kept the game in reach. After getting an unfair seeding the Terps had but one day to prepare for 40 minutes of hell from WVU. Dez and Jake combined for 13 turnovers and Pack was way overmatched in these conditions. The need for a 2nd ball handler was glaringly evident.
When all was said and done, WVU was just better then the Terps on this night. And thus a great season comes to a close. I would have loved a shot at Kentucky but let’s be real the overmatch is so strong our chances were minimal.
Let’s give kudos to a great Freshman performance by Melo. I feel privileged to have watched this young man grow into one of the best guards in the nation. I am already anxious to watch his growth next year. Add to it another point guard in the JC transfer Jaylen Brantley, a real power forward in Robert Carter, the return of Jake Layman for his Senior year, the growth of Jared Nickens and Dion Wiley into their Sophomore year and what you have is a preseason top 15 team. Dodd and Chekko both have steadily improved as the year went on and Ivan Bender will be another big joining the show.
Hats off to Coach Turgeon and his staff for navigating this team of overachievers to a 28-7 record, of which many of the wins came during sound last minute strategy and yes a bit of luck.
Most of all we must thank one of the classiest guys to don the Terrapin uniform —Dez Wells. Whereas his final game was not not indicative of his tremendous Senior season, this team would have been nowhere without his leadership and clutch play.
One losing game will never take away the joy this season brought to Terrapin Nation. Well done!!!!!!
This should be a great game today. The question is can Maryland withstand 40 minutes of full court and pressure and attack basketball. The game is a pickem, so that alone explains no one knows the answer to the question. I firmly believe Melo, Dez and Nickens will handle whatever the Moauntaineers throw at them.
Maryland 69 WVU 64 and a Thursday date with the Evil Empire in Cleveland.
The Maryland women’s basketball team (31-2) beat 16th-seeded New Mexico State (22-8) 75-57 Saturday in the NCAA Tournament First Round at the XFINITY Center.
With the win, Maryland advanced to the NCAA Second Round for the fourth straight year. The Terrapins will take on eighth-seeded and undefeated Princeton (31-0) Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET in College Park. The Terps-Tigers game will be shown on ESPN2.
Sophomore Brionna Jones led the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season. Redshirt senior Laurin Mincy added 19 points and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 10. Maryland outrebounded New Mexico State, 45-20. from umterps.com
Sophomore Zoe Stukenberg scored four times as the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team (9-0) defeated No. 15 James Madison, 14-10, Saturday afternoon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
“Give credit to James Madison, they’re a team that doesn’t quit and never gives up,” said head coach Cathy Reese. “I thought we did a great job in the first half. We went out and did what we needed to do, and I was really proud of the team at halftime. I think we let up a bit in intensity and execution in the second half, and that’s something we’ll need to work on.”
Megan Whittle tallied her fifth hat trick of the season, and Taylor Cummings, Kelly McPartland and Brooke Griffin each scored twice. Erin Collins also added a goal. from umterps.com
I only could follow the game on Twitter but the Terps held the vaunted Carolina Offense in check maintaining a 5-2 halftime lead and maintaining it throughout. Only a few late goals from NC kept the score close.
More info tomorrow but definitely a big win for Maryland.
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13.7 seconds remained with the Terps holding on to a 3 point lead and Valpo had the ball. Coach Turgeon inserted little used but defensively effective into the game to help prevent a trey. The result — Ram stripped Keith Carter of the ball and the game ended with a Maryland victory. That was the 3rd time Turgeon used this move
The Terps only took 40 shots but connected on 19 including 4 treys by Jared Nickens. Early in the game Maryland was having trouble attacking the zone but Nickens ended that problem.
Key offensive play of the game– Dez’ put back flying rebound and subsequent foul shot to complete a 3 point play late in the game.
Unsung hero of the game– Evan Smotrycz who was forced to play a point forward position and guard whichever center was in the game. Evan had 8 points and 5 rebounds in 25 solid minutes.
Melo– as usual was splendid with a double double–14 points and 10 rebounds. Oh yes 2 turnovers in 39 minutes of play.
So Sunday it will be the Terps against the helter shelter full court play of West Virginia. It should be another classic game.
We all know what’s at stake today. The Terps are 4 1/2 point favorites. The Terps are rested, fresh, and I truly believe that Dez will be on mission this weekend. Game 1 Terps 66 Valparaiso 61