October 22, 2018

Maryland Basketball: Terps take care of business against Bowie State before starting final stretch

Maryland is coming off of a difficulty three game stretch in just seven days and are now rewarded with a non-conference matchup with Bowie State. Although it will be far from a quality win on the tournament resume, it gave the Terps an opportunity to play against a press and zone defense that has given them trouble over the past two seasons. As expected, this game was not close to being interesting as even the students did not care to come out in full force. In a taste of how the NBA game is transitioning, all of Maryland’s points came from in the paint (48), 3-pointers (12), or free throws (33). The Terps led from start to finish and improved to 22-3 on the season with a 93-62 victory.

Pure dominance in the first half by Terps starters

Maryland won essentially every category imaginable against Bowie State in the first twenty minutes of play. Bowie State was held to just 32.4 percent (11 of 34) shooting from the field and committed a whopping 18 personal fouls. With Maryland in the bonus within the game’s first five minutes, the Terps got to the free throw line 24 times in the first half alone. Bowie State had no one taller than 6′ 9” and it was clear that Maryland was going to have their way on the glass. With a 25-12 edge in rebounds, it foreshadowed a comfortable 47-29 lead at halftime.

Jaylen Brantley gaining the confidence of the coaching staff? 

(Photo by: @TestudoTimes)

(Photo by: @TestudoTimes)

The Springfield, Massachusetts native had his second most points in a game this season, had 14 against Princeton, with 10 off the bench. While Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon got extended rest on the bench, Brantley played the most he has all season with 21 minutes. Brantley showed off his ability to drive to the rim, playmaking ability for others, and possibly more importantly 3-point shooting. If Mark Turgeon trusts the junior college transfer enough, then Brantley could see playing time over Jared Nickens who is currently in the first slump of his playing career. Sulaimon has complete confidence in Brantley to perform the way he did today no matter what circumstance he is put in.

Career game for Michal Cekovsky

The Slovakian native has not been getting much playing time behind the likes of Diamond Stone and Damonte Dodd. Cekovsky has played just 70 minutes in the 12 conference games this year, just over under six minutes per game. Cekovsky set his season and career-high in scoring with 14 points including a thunderous alley-oop slam from none other than reserve guard Varun Ram. In a season high 18 minutes of playing time, Cekovsky also chipped in with four rebounds and two blocks. “We need Ceko” to succeed in the future Coach Turgeon explained postgame.

Mark Turgeon gets a chance to rest his most important players

Between Melo Trimble and Jake Layman, the Terps two returning starters, Mark Turgeon has only sat them for 32 minutes over the past four games. That means they have played for exactly 90 percent of game time since the win against No. 3 Iowa on January 28th. Trimble and Layman sat more in today’s bout with Bowie State, 44 minutes, than they have in the last four victories. Rasheed Sulaimon played the most minutes for the starters at 20 but still got to enjoy his front row seat for much of the second half. Mark Turgeon called the ability to rest players “great.”

History for the Maryland Terrapins at Xfinity Center

With tonight’s victory against the Bowie State Bulldogs, the Terps have set the school record for most consecutive home wins at 27. The previous record spanned from February 10th, 1979 to January 10th, 1981. ESPN commentator Dan Dakich argues that Xfinity Center is the best home court advantage in the entire country. Maryland has lost just one game, Virginia without Dez Wells, since renaming the beloved Comcast Center.

The Terps will be back in action on Saturday at 6:30 pm in a rematch with the Wisconsin Badgers. It took a clutch 3-pointer from Trimble to win the game against Diamond Stone’s state school, but will hopefully be less dramatic this time around.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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