The Maryland Terrapins have had a rough stretch of basketball these past few weeks. A game against Wake Forest was the much needed antidote to the winning drought plaguing the Terps.
Maryland chased the Wake Forest Demon Deacons off the court Saturday afternoon 86-60 and ended their two game losing streak since winning at home against North Carolina. The Terrapins are now 4-5 in the ACC.
Thanks to the impeccable shooting display put on by the Terrapins, Wake Forest had virtually no chance from the start. Senior forward James Padgett was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, scoring 12 points while also grabbing four rebounds. In what was arguably his most effective game as a Terrapin, Padgett was seemingly unstoppable in the paint against Wake Forest forward Travis McKie. His shooting display was an integral part to Maryland hitting 67% of their shots from the floor, including 68% from three point range.
The Terrapins had four other players score in double figures during their best offensive game since Virginia Tech. Jake Layman had 12 (4-of-6), Alex Len had 12 (6-of-7), Dez Wells had 11 (4-of-7), Logan Aaronhalt with 13 (5-of-6), and Seth Allen with 12 (4-of-6) rounded off the Terrapins top scorers.
The three point shooting came early and often for the Terrapins as they took a 14-9 lead at the 15 minute mark in the first half and never looked back. Alex Len and Nick Faust combined for a couple of alley-oop buckets that propelled the Terrapins to a 42-25 halftime lead that was never relinquished. Jake Layman and Seth Allen then piled on the three pointers, and by the end of the game the Terrapins had hit 11 from long range.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons simply couldn’t score enough points to keep up. Travis McKie, who had scored 20 points or more in his last two matches with the Terrapins, finished with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting. The Deacons had three other players in double figures as well (Miller-McIntyre with 14, CJ Harris with 10, and Devin Thomas with 12), but received only nine points from the bench to aid them. Their depth would ultimately be their downfall.
Devin Thomas got into foul trouble, and the Terrapins capitalized by feeding the ball to their big men down low, feasting on the Wake Forest bench bigs. The Terrapins bench contribued 34 points, showing off their depth thanks to Aaronhalt and Allen’s savvy on the court.
The Terrapins still had 19 turnovers, which were the only black mark on an otherwise beautiful offensive showing.
Next up for the Terrapins is a second matchup with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on Thursday, February 7th. The Terrapins dominated the Hokies in the first go-round 94-71.