Reporting Brendan Darr
This was far from a competitive basketball game, but it was just what the doctor ordered to remedy the Terps season. After a heart-breaking loss, Maryland couldn’t afford another let down, and destroyed Wake Forest 86-60, after being up by as many as 30 in the second half.
“It was a heart-breaker for us, but tonight we knew we really had to come out there and crush them, and we did,” Jake Layman on the difference between tonight and Wednesday’s debacle against Florida State.
Maryland suffered what looked like a loss that could send the season into a tailspin, but rather than let the season slip away, the team focused and put together their best performance since the start of conference play against Virginia Tech. A big reason for that was a more assertive Alex Len — and all of the big men in general.
“He was just trying to get in my face. I just responded to him … It got me going. I liked it.” Said Alex Len, referring to the early elbow he caught.
Coach Turgeon admitted the team was mentally and physical exhausted, but that was the type of game the team needed to recharge the batteries and get the season back on track.
“That was fun: we needed that and need a win. I am proud of our guys. We talked about playing with energy, playing hard and having fun. We put a lot more effort into us than we did Wake Forest today and it helped,” Said Turgeon.
There’s really not much more to say about this one, Wake Forest barely showed up — and when they did weren’t really that impressive. Maryland did what needed to be done. There were a few highlights along the way, including several Alex Len dunks and blocks, but ultimately it was a team effort and a balanced one at that.
Maryland had six players finish in double-figures in scoring, and all but one of their regular rotation players scored. Pe’Shon Howard, who rarely shoots, was the lone player without a bucket. In total, Logan Aronhalt, Jake Layman, Alex Len, Dez Wells, Seth Allen and James Padgett finished in double figures. Despite the 19 turnovers the team had, it’s tough to find much else to find wrong in Maryland’s performance.
Maryland improved to 16-6 and 4-5 in the ACC with the win. The Terps will be off until Thursday, when they travel to Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech.
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