COLLEGE PARK – The University of Maryland Terrapins started off slowly against Winthrop on a dreary Saturday afternoon, trailing 13-4 eight minutes into the game. However, the Terrapins turned the game around and notched an 82-62 win over the Eagles. “The start of the game, I don’t know if it was coming off the loss […]
COLLEGE PARK – The University of Maryland Terrapins started off slowly against Winthrop on a dreary Saturday afternoon, trailing 13-4 eight minutes into the game. However, the Terrapins turned the game around and notched an 82-62 win over the Eagles.
“The start of the game, I don’t know if it was coming off the loss or whatever, but we weren’t very good,” said Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. “After that, I thought we were as good as we’ve been all year. That’s a good team. Where we are, to do what we did right now, I was proud of our guys.”
Led by center Damonte Dodd, the Terrapins rallied, scoring 30 points in the final 12 minutes of the half to take a 34-29 lead into the intermission.
Dodd did not open the game well, turning the ball over twice in the opening minutes. Turgeon took Dodd out of the game told the young plaer he had to play better. Dodd seized the moment when he came back in, playing what Turgeon said was the best game of his career.
“He was the first big to start playing better, and we rode him,” Turgeon said. “His defense was good, his recognition was good, and then he got some things going offensively.”
Dodd finished the game with nine points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Dodd said the spacing of the Terrapins’ motion offense helped provide him with opportunities to contribute offensively.
“(Spacing) is important because once they drive, my guy has to come help. That’s an easy dump off for me for a dunk,” Dodd said.
The Eagles never closed in on an opportunity to come back against the Terrapins. They pulled within five points of the Terrapins at 49-44, with 12 minutes left in the game after guard Keon Moore hit a three pointer, but it was not enough. The Terrapins answered back with a 13-4 run over the next four minutes to build the lead up to 62-48.
In the end, the Eagles could not slow down the Terrapins’ offense.
Guard Melo Trimble finished the game with a game-high seven assists for Maryland to go along with 16 points. Richaud Pack also chipped in for Maryland with 16 points of his own.
Though the Terrapins committed nine turnovers in the first half, they only turned the ball over once in the second half as they put up 48 points.
“(Winthrop was) back-tipping us in the beginning, so we just held the ball stronger and we were just aware of where the defense was on the court,” Dodd said. “That’s how we cut down on our turnovers.”
Jake Layman led the Terrapins with 21 points. He helped the Terrapins offense with his spacing when Turgeon employed smaller lineups, something that has to led to increased production on the offensive end all season so far, Turgeon said.
Layman said his versatility creates a bad matchup with the opposing forwards because opposing wings have to help on ball screens, leaving him open on the perimeter with an easy lane to cut to the basket.
“(Defenders are) at a disadvantage closing out on me,” Layman said. “I can drive, hit the open shooter. There’s a lot of things we can do. It just creates a better matchup for us, I think.”
Maryland will play again on Wednesday when it faces North Carolina Central.