The Maryland Terrapins lost a heartbreaker to George Washington 77-75 in the BB&T Classic after Mo Creek drained a huge jumper with .6 seconds remaining on the clock and Nick Faust hounding him. Creek, who finished with 25 points, capped off a win that almost got away from the Colonials as the Terps put together a massive run late in the second half to tie the game up.
George Washington had a comfortable lead for the majority of the game until the Terps decided to use a full court press against the Colonials after being down by double digits late. Midway through the second, both Isaiah Armwood (11 points, 12 rebounds) and Larsen got into foul trouble for George Washington, and Maryland started forcing turnover after turnover to cut the lead.
Just about the only Terp who was scoring points with some consistency until Maryland’s 15-3 run was Dez Wells, who finished the game with 16 points and eight rebounds. Coincidentally, Wells fouling out and Mark Turgeon getting T’d up resulted in Maryland’s run that started with a pair of corner threes by Nick Faust and Varun Ram.
Faust, who started the game 0-for-4, only finished with seven points, but had three steals and three assists late that helped Maryland get back into the game. Smotrycz, who had trouble hitting shots, finished with 11 points on 2-0f-9 shooting, and six rebounds. Layman suffered from much of the same fate, although he helped turn it on late to finish with 13 points and 6 rebounds on 5-of-12 shooting. Then there was Peters, who tied the game up with 13 seconds left by draining a pair of clutch free throws.
Unfortunately, this gives the Terps another “quality loss” rather than a win, and pegs them at 5-4. It isn’t over for the Terps, and it’s foolish to write teams off after nine games, but Maryland has got to turn it around very quickly. They play Boston College on December 12th, and they’re going to need a lot of improvements to occur between now and then.
The team needs some momentum heading into ACC play (which is right around the corner), and near-comeback victories aren’t going to cut it on the resume. Eventually, this team needs to win games against good teams. Those first half starts are starting to haunt this team, and if they can’t rectify that then it’s worthwhile to question everyone. To be fair, the players have to hit shots as well and go out there and execute. Layman had numerous open shots that didn’t fall, and the same goes for Nick Faust. These guys have to start better, and that’s a mental thing.