Apparently the missing ingredient in the turtle soup was a sprinkle of Seth Allen. The Maryland Terrapins downed the North Carolina Central Eagles 70-56 Tuesday afternoon and are now on a two-game win streak after having beaten Tulsa on Sunday. And a major reason behind the suddenly improved play? Seth Allen, the Terps point guard who missed most of this year with a broken foot.
Allen’s stat line (6 points, 4 assists) doesn’t seem like a massive boon for the team, but his ability to run the offense effectively and neutralize NC Central’s zone efforts was paramount to victory. Allen found teammates all over the court, and helped open thing up for Dez Wells to shine in the first half, then Nick Faust in the second.
Faust, who came off the bench again for the Terrapins, looked considerably more comfortable playing off the bench and appears to have taken a liking to that role. The junior guard finished tied for his career high with 19 points, including three 3 pointers in 25 minutes of inspired play. Faust played a major role in ensuring the third leading scorer in the nation, Jeremy Ingram, only hit 4 of his 19 attempts from the floor. Particularly impressive because Ingram was coming off a career high 37 point performance the game prior.
As a team, Maryland was destructive from three point range, hitting 8 during the game and ensuring their lead never had a chance of diminishing even when their play on the offensive end was sloppy. Defensively, the Terps held the Eagles to 33% shooting from the field and 13% from three point range. Only Ingram and Jordan Parks (who had 10 points) scored in double figures for an Eagles team that simply couldn’t dig into the lead thanks to Maryland’s aggressiveness on the defensive end.
The Terps improve to 9-5 overall on the season, and don’t play again until Saturday, January 4th against Georgia Tech in their ACC home opener.