The Maryland Terrapins had about a month to stew over their first loss to Florida State, an 85-61 stinker in Tallahassee. Clearly, Seth Allen took that embarrassment to heart.
On a Saturday afternoon that called for snow, Seth Allen was hot enough to melt anything, scoring 32 points in a 83-71 win over Florida State at Comcast Center. Allen tied his career high with 21 points in the first half, then went ahead and piled onto that total in the second half to lead all scorers with 32 points.
Allen connected on seven of his ten three point attempts, and was nigh unguardable for anyone Florida State decided to throw at him. Just a few days removed from his poor shooting outing against North Carolina, Allen obliterated the competition this time around. Long distance, midrange, and layups; Allen wasn’t missing from anywhere on the even after Florida State started doubling him.
By half, the Terps were up nearly twenty points, 46-29 after holding the Seminoles to only 11 made field goals in the first half and only turning the ball over four times. The Terrapins thrived off a crowd of over 14, 000, and continuously made plays with the basketball in transition with 11 fast break points in the first half.
Dez Wells, Maryland’s leading scorer, turned into the Terps main assist man this game. He finished with 15 points, but made more of an impact with his five assists and +14 rating. Wells found Nick Faust for a nice alley oop in the first half, and helped Jake Layman out in scoring 1o of his 12 points for the game by finding him consistently in the first half.
The Terps shot 51% for the game, and finished with 13 turnovers.
For Florida State, it was just a poor shooting afternoon. Despite ravaging the Terps from long range during their first outing, the Seminoles well ran dry this time around. Florida State was held to under 40% from the floor, and consistent perimeter pressure ensured they shot under 50% from three.
The Seminoles got solid production out of guard Aaron Thomas, who took on the brunt of the Seminoles scoring with 17 points and 7 rebounds, but failed to get much else out of anyone else to compare with Seth Allen’s production. Ian Bookert finished with 14 points, and Montay Brandon threw in another 11 for the Seminoles, now 5-6 in the ACC. The Seminoles played from behind for all but four minutes of this game.
Florida State was down by twenty at one point in the second half, but managed to cut the lead to eight with 2:18 remaining. Fortunately for the Terps, Seth Allen still had more than enough in the tank. A three pointer with 1:40 remaining got Maryland back up to 11 points and put the game away for good.
In all, this win brings the Terps to 14-10 on the year and 6-5 in the ACC. They are currently in seventh in the ACC, but with the NC State win and one less game played at 5-5, they have to look out for that tiebreaker due to their head to head loss. Next up, the Terps get Virginia on the road. The Hokies just routed Georgia Tech to go 10-1 in the ACC.