Maryland was able to upend the Bulldogs of S.C. State 64-46 on Saturday in front of a crowd of 12,052 at the Comcast Center. Led by center Alex Len who finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds the Terrapins unleashed a balanced scoring attack, as 10 Terrapins scored on the afternoon, that the Bulldogs were no match for.
In a game, that for lack of a better term, was largely a snooze fest the Terps were able to stay focused on the task at hand and handle the visitors from Orangeburg, South Carolina. Maryland only managed to shoot 37% from the field while the Bulldogs were only able to muster up a 32% shooting performance themselves. It wasnt the prettiest basketball I have ever seen by any stretch of the imagination but it was good enough to win and that is all that really matters. Outside of Len, who went 5/8 from the floor there was not another Maryland player that attempted more than three shots that converted at over a 50% clip on offense.
As ugly as the game was offensively there were aspects of the Terrapins performance that should be applauded. The Terps were vastly improved from the foul line as they connected on 18-22 attempts from the charity stripe Saturday afternoon. Once again, the Terrapins dominated the glass as they outrebounded their opponent by 13 (38-25) including 14 offensive rebounds. Maryland also took care of the basketball much better on Saturday only committing 11 turnovers in 40 minutes while still racking up 16 assists on 19 made baskets.
One intriguing storyline from the contest was the benching of Charles Mitchell. The freshman big man had been a force to be reckoned with up until this point but against the Bulldogs on Saturday Coach Turgeon and his staff obvioulsy saw something in his play that they didn’t like and Mitchell found himself a seat on the bench as he tallied only eight minutes of action. All in all this was a game where the Terps could spread out minutes and give the bench a chance to really get some extended run on the floor. Nine Terps logged over 10 minutes of game action with Alex Len leading the team having played 28 minutes.
Next up for the Terrapins will be a home date against the Hawks of Monmouth University on Wednesday night. That will be an 8 PM tipoff at the Comcast center which will be broadcasted on ESPN3. Be sure to check back this week for a full preview of Wednesday’s contest against the Hawks of the Northeast Conference.