The Maryland men’s basketball team knew that after losing to North Carolina on Feb. 27, their chances of securing an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament were gone. Now they have added insult to injury, losing on the road to a non-tournament team in Miami 80-66 Wednesday night.
Miami’s Rion Brown, Malcolm Grant and Adrian Thomas were all on fire from behind the arch throughout the contest, as was Terrell Stoglin who fouled out with 20 points.
Averaging 11.4 points per game on the season, Stoglin has averaged 23 in the past five games.
Brown, a freshman guard who averages 3.7 points per game, had a particularly special night. All of his shots from the field were three pointers and he went six for seven. He added a free throw to finish with a career-high 19 points.
Maryland opened the game with a 7-2 run, but went on to have one of their worst opening half performances of the season. In the first half Miami out shot the Terps 54.2% to 32.3% from the field, 50% to 37.5% from behind the arch, and 81.8% to 50% from the line. The Hurricane’s stellar shooting propelled them to a 40-27 lead at the half. Brown nailed three treys in the first half and had 10 points at the break.
Jordan Williams was 3 for 10 from the field in the first half. Things got so bad for the Terps that Mychal Parker saw a fair amount playing time.
In the second half, Maryland went on a 15-3 run at one point and cut the deficit to five multiple times. However, Miami’s hot shooting was just too much and the Hurricanes eventually outscored the Terps in the second half as well.
The Terrapin’s next game is at 2 p.m. Sunday against Virginia at the Comcast Center. Maryland should have no trouble beating the 15-14 Cavaliers, but tonight’s loss in Miami ensures that the Terps will not be able to reach that ever-important 20 win mark before the ACC tournament begins.