The Maryland Terrapins improved their record on the season to 3-1 last night after defeating the Leopards of Lafayette by the score of 83-74.
Going into this game I thought the size advantage that the Terrapins had would be the deciding factor that would, in the end, lead to a Maryland victory. This was essentially the case as Maryland owned the boards, outrebounding Lafayette by 20 on the evening. That size and strength advantage led to high percentage shots around the basket from the Terrapins big men as well as plenty of opportunities to grab offensive rebounds and give Maryland extra possessions on offense.
The Terps front line was the story of the evening as they manhandled the smaller front line of Lafayette all night long. Led by Alex Len and his 16 points and 8 rebounds Maryland’s top four big men combined for 45 points and 21 rebounds while shooting 17/27 from the field. James Padgett (6/7) and Charles Mitchell (4/5) only missed one shot from the floor a piece while playing a major role in helping the Terrapins pull down 19 offensive rebounds as a team. It was a dominating effort from the Maryland bigs to say the least.
Three point shooting was a major storyline from last night’s game, and largely the only thing that kept Lafayette from being run off the floor. The Leopards shot an unbelievable 15-32 from beyond the arc while Maryland fell back into their ice cold ways making only three of the 15 three-pointers they attempted. What helped the Terps last night was the fact that as hot as the Leopards were from the outside they were completely ineffective inside the arc going only 11/34 on two point shot attempts. While Lafayette was ineffective the closer to the rim they got, Maryland thrived shooting 63% on attempts from inside the three point arc.
Outside shooting has seemed to be a major issue for the Terps so far this season as they are getting good looks from deep but hardly any of them have fallen with consistency. Going 3/15 against teams like Lafayette won’t necessarily hurt Maryland that badly but it sets an ugly precedent for when conference play come around and the level of competition increases exponentially. Thankfully, Maryland has plenty of time to work those kinks out before the rigors of ACC play begin.
Maryland will now enjoy a little break for the Thanksgiving holiday before getting right back at it this Saturday evening at the Comcast Center as the Eagles of Georgia Southern come to town to try to knock off the Terps.