Maryland crushes Marshall 104-67
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland flexed its Big Ten Conference men’s basketball muscles Friday evening in a 37-point bashing of the Marshall Thundering Herd in the Xfinity Center.
Maryland moved its record to 6-0 in a 104-67 victory.
“They outdid us physically and everything else,” Marshall head coach Dan D’Antoni said.
The Terrapins got rolling after the Herd (4-1) held a 24-23 lead at 10:03 of the first half on a 3-point shot by 6-foot-9 sophomore forward Jannson Williams. Maryland reeled off the next 11 points that included two 3-pointers by freshman guard Eric Ayala and one from freshman guard Serrel Smith Jr. to take a double-figure lead, 34-24, three minutes later.
A Maryland mini run of six consecutive points led to the Terrapins building a 53-38 halftime advantage. Maryland opened the second half with the first 13 points to lead 66-38 and rolled to a 46-point bulge with 5:35 left.
Marshall couldn’t buy a basket for most of the game, shooting only 34.2 percent for the game and 25.8 percent (8 for 31) on 3-point attempts. Maryland was hot, hitting 57.4 percent overall and sinking 56.3 percent (9 for 16) of its 3-pointers.
“You’re not going to shoot well when you don’t have a rhythm,” D’Antoni said. “We didn’t have a rhythm because we weren’t running our offense. We quit doing our stuff. We started holding on to the ball and started making individual plays.”
Williams was Marshall’s standout with 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field and a 5-for-6 effort on 3-pointers in a game where senior point guard Jon Elmore scored only six on a 23.0 average. Elmore made his first two shots and missed his final 12 to go 2 for 13. He entered the game with a streak of 10 or more points in 75 consecutive games.
Elmore moved into third place ahead
of Walt Walowac on the Herd career scoring list. Walowac (1950-54) scored 1,982 and Elmore has 1,986.
Darius George, C.J. Burks and Taevion Kinsey each added 10 points for the Herd.
Maryland hurt Marshall outside and inside with junior guard Anthony Cowan, a preseason All-Big Ten selection pumping in 26 points, Ayala netting 20, 6-10 sophomore Bruno Fernando producing 18 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots and 6-10 freshman Jalen Smith scoring 10. Fouls and free throws were important statistics.
Marshall was called for 24 fouls. Williams fouled out while Iran Bennett, George and Elmore all had four personals. Marshall was whistled for 16 personal fouls, but nobody had more than three.
The Terrapins tossed in 25 of 36 free throws and the Herd made 9 of 14.
Maryland also owned the backboards by a 52-30 rebounding edge and topped Marshall in second-chance points 18-4.
Marshall’s next game is Wednesday at home against William & Mary. The Tribe (1-4) plays a 4 p.m. Saturday home game against St. Joseph’s in Williamsburg, Virginia.
The Tribe’s lone victory was against High Point (79-60). They’ve lost at Duquesne (83-70, at UIC (100-95 overtime), at Notre Dame (73-64) and at home against Radford (81-72). Justin Pierce, a 6-7 junior forward, leads the Tribe with 22.3 points and 11.9 rebounds a game. Nathan Knight (6-10, 245, junior) is at 19.0 points and 7.0 rebounds.
WILLIAM & MARY AT MARSHALL
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Cam Henderson Center, Huntington
RADIO: WDGG 93.7-FM, ESPN 94.1-FM and 930-AM, WMUL 88.1-FM