Reporting Brendan Darr
Maryland overcame a poor first half to pull away late from LIU-Brooklyn en route to a 91-74 victory over the Blackbirds. Balance was the name of the game for Maryland, as all ten players scored on Friday night for the Terps, and had three players finish in double digits. Maryland also continued their dominance on the boards, as they out-rebounded the Blackbirds by twelve.
While the Terps pulled away in the second half, they were able to correct some of their issues that plagued them in the first half. Ball security was the main culprit, and the Terps turned a 9-to-12 assist to turnover ratio into a 28-to-15 final tally. That stat is particularly impressive given how poor they had been for the first two-and-a-half games of the season. A lot rode on the shoulders of Pe’Shon Howard, and his ability to find open teammates. More specifically, find a wide open Seth Allen behind the arc.
The Freshman, Allen, had his best game of his young career finishing with a career-high 19 points and finished 5-of-6 behind the arc. Howard, meanwhile, finished with a season-high 13 assists and had just one turnover on the night. An impressive performance coming from a player coming off a knee surgery that ended his year last year in February.
Not all performances were outstanding for the Terrapins, Nick Faust continued to struggle to start the season. Faust was expected to be the offensive leader of the team, but through three games has struggled mightily. He finished the night shooting 25%, but did manage to knock down his first three of the year.
With Allen having the hot hand, it was easy to mask the poor night from Faust. That won’t be the case all year, but for now, with the depth this team has a poor night from any one player cannot tank the game for the Terps. Although, we’ve yet to see a poor game from Alex Len so we don’t know if that’s truly the case, but Len is showing no signs of slowing down this season. He finished with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks on the evening.
Maryland’s next game will be at home next Tuesday against Lafayette in the finale of the Barclays Centers Classic. For more on the University of Maryland, follow Brendan Darr on twitter: @BrendanDarr