Maryland beat Minnesota 70-58 today at the Xfinity Center. With the loss, the Gophers fall to 11-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten. The game was close for the first 5 minutes before Maryland opened up a 32-17 lead with just over 7 minutes left in the first half. The Gophers then went on a 13-0 run over the next 6 minutes. This run helped them go into halftime losing only 36-33. The second half immediately went to the Terps, with Maryland stretching their lead to 8 by the under 16 media timeout. Maryland then extended their lead to 12 with just under 12 minutes to play. The Gophers would get no closer than 7 points the rest of the way despite Maryland offering them multiple chances to close the gap.
- Carlos Morris took a career high 21 shots, including 10 three pointers. Unfortunately he only made 7 of them and was only 2-10 from behind the arc. Many of the shots were poor in terms of quality or how quickly they came in the shot clock. He did change up his looks towards the end of the game, eschewing three pointers for drives to the hoop that he converted.
- Maurice Walker continued to impress. He was 8-15 from the floor with 10 rebounds (6 offensive). He did shoot only 50% from the free throw line however. The guard play was lacking however as the two best 3 point shooters on the team (Hollins and Mason) combined to go 0-8 from behind the arc.
- Minnesota's woes from the charity stripe continued as they made only 11 of 21 (52.4%). On the game, only 4 Gophers went to the line. Mo was 4 of 8, Elliott was 0-2, Morris was 2-2 (and was the only Gopher to hit 2 free throws in a row), and Buggs was 5-9.
Stat of the Game
eFG%. The Terrapins outshot the Gophers 50% to 36.1% in terms of eFG%. That's how you can lose by 13 points to a team that committed 19 turnovers (9 of which were steals by Minnesota).
The halftime break. The Gophers did not come out with the same success and were never really in it. If you wanted a true dagger moment though, it would have to be Jake Layman's 3 pointer with 2:50 left in the game. It put the Terps up by 12 and was the end of any Minnesota hopes.
Notable for it's absence were assists. The Gophers had just 5.
As a team.
For the whole game.
The Gophers host Ohio State in their home Big Ten opener on Tuesday, January 6th at 8pm CST.