A Statistically Strange Late-Night Face Off at UMD
by Zachary Wilson
As they roll through their out of conference schedule the Terps welcome the Fairfield Stags to the Xfinity Center down College Park for a matchup with a skewed and strange stat line.
Prior to last night’s match, Fairfield had made only 17 three-point shots this season. They would start the night by making 4 threes as their first 12 points of the first half. They would finish the game netting 12 total threes on 25 attempts (UMD would shoot 8-21 from three, nearly 10 percent less efficiently than Fairfield).
However, the Stags constant offensive pressure from beyond the arc would prove ineffective as they were wholly inadequate in the paint. UMD would go on to outscore them 34-10 from the inside. Impressively, Maryland would dominate second chance points as well, having netted 18 second chance scores as compared to Fairfield’s 2.
In accordance with the bizarre nature of this affair, the Terps would allow for zero free throws to be taken by the Stags in the entire first half-Maryland would shoot 15 free throws in the first half alone. Fairfield would end 7-8 from the line. What was more surprising is that despite Maryland`s more lax play towards the end of the game, Fairfield was only able to score one field goal across the final 8 minutes of play.
Maryland did come out and play a complete game. Jalen Smith and Anthony Cowan found consistent success in scoring but the team as a whole began to slow down with 5 minutes left in the game with a near 20 point lead. In the end, all that matters is the Terps get the “W” and a 4-0 start to the season to call their own.
Notable Statlines, The Good and The Not So Good:
Jalen Smith-By pushing his advantage against a poor matchup on Fairfield forward Vincent Eze, Smith secured 17 points (his second highest this year next to the 19 points he put up against Rhode Island), 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks alongside a wonderfully efficient 5-8 shooting with 7-9 on the free throw line.
Ricky Lindo Jr-In a breakout performance, Lindo would go 6-6 from the field and 1-2 from the line to total up 13 points from the bench. He would also go on to get 7 rebounds-the second most on the team.
Anthony Cowan-As a constant trend on this list, Cowan again turned in another solid all-around game. He would leave the floor with 12 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds.
The Not So Good:
Aaron Wiggins-Despite a strong start Wiggins was unable to keep up that pace through the whole affair. Wiggins would go 1-5 from three on 2-8 total shooting with 6 points total. Wiggins would also give up 2 turnovers as the game rolled on. (He did have that spectacular dunk).
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