August 8, 2020

Maryland Basketball: Terps take care of business against undermanned Eastern Shore in Saturday matinee

Coming off of their best win of the young season, a 76-66 win over UConn, No. 6 Maryland took on Maryland-Eastern Shore at home during a slow stretch where the Terps will play just two games in 15 days. The Terps had no trouble putting away their in-state rivals, 77-56, on Saturday. Melo Trimble led Maryland with 18 points, while Diamond Stone and Jared Nickens has 12 points apiece.

Eastern Shore Hawks do not show signs of struggling offensively early

After scoring just 35 points in a minute blowout against No. 1 Michigan State, the Hawks looked determined not to match their season low-scoring performance. That does not changes matters when you consider that at 59.1 points per game, Eastern Shore ranks 344th out of 351 teams in the country. UMES had 11 points after five minutes, a pace for 98 points. Both teams cooled off from the field, which was a good thing for the Terps.

Defense and free throws help Maryland weather the storm until shots start to fall

Mark Turgeon probably loved the start offensively as the Terps opened 5 of 6 from the field. Then followed a stretch where Maryland could not hit a shot for their lives — 1 of 12 shooting from the floor. If it were not for nine forced turnovers and drawing 10 free throw attempts, Maryland would have likely not been able to maintain control of the game. They would see their at one point 14-point cushion shrink to six before halftime as UMES put together a 7-0 run.

Playing with confidence to start the second half makes things no contest

(Photo by: @DMartinCSN)

(Photo by: @DMartinCSN)

Maryland might have had their fans a bit on edge leading by just six at the break. They quickly changed that in the opening minutes of the second half with an assortment of traps and zones. Following a Jake Layman 3-pointer, the senior forward got a deflection that nearly forced a 10-second violation and helped set up a Robert Carter Jr. charge. Off of a Melo Trimble made 3, Layman came up with a steal on a full court press, which set up Trimble for yet another 3 where his face was lit up with his classic smile (see right) before the ball found the bottom of the net. Maryland’s 17-4 run ended things early.

Rasheed Sulaimon continues to provide exactly what Maryland needs — and more

(Photo by: Testudo Times)

(Photo by: Testudo Times)

Whether he has been playing point guard, shutting down multiple positions on defense, or being the veteran leadership in the locker room, Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon has taken care of all of it. In today’s example of why Sulaimon might be the biggest addition to Maryland in the 2015-16 season, the natural shooting guard recorded a career-high 10 assists. Two of his double-digit dimes came on spectacular alley-oop passes to Layman and Michal Cekovsky. The graduate guard took care of things on the defensive end as well and could be a clutch X-factor during the conference schedule.

Even with a double-digit lead for much of the second half, Turgeon does not take chances

Whether it is because every time Maryland took out their best players UMES started to make a little bit of a run or because there are only 80 minutes of game actions during a 15-minute span, Mark Turgeon opted against preserving his best players. Trimble, Sulaimon, and Layman combined for 89 minutes. It was not until less than two minutes to play that bench players Varun RamTrevor Anzmann, Kent AuslanderIvan Bender and Andrew Terrell stepped onto the court.

Maryland will take on the Princeton Tigers next Saturday night from Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.

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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