The Terps’ ball pressure enabled them to conquer another moderate beginning.
Maryland’s Aaron Wiggins remained on the wing, evaluating Landon Taliaferro as Fairfield ran its offense. The Stags were met with obstruction on the contrary side of the court, and Taliaferro motioned for a pass.
Be that as it may, Wiggins read the play promptly and went for the take, loosening up their left arm and getting this show on the road hand on the ball. They verified it before it left limits and took off for the bin, putting Calvin Whipple on a notice with an and-one dunk experiencing significant change.
No. 6 Maryland men’s ball (4-0) transformed resistance into offense to have the effect against the Stags in the 74-55 triumph Tuesday night.
“We had to create energy with our defense there in the first half,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “The energy from the press was great. I had five veterans in there, I ran a press that we ran last year that we really haven’t practiced, but they had practiced it last year — just to give it another look out there.”
Around six minutes after Wiggins’ feature reel play, Darryl Morsell participate, tipping Fairfield’s go towards the opposite finish of the court. They hustled after the free ball and got it half-court, getting out on the quick break and conveying a two-gave jam.
Later in the half, Jesus Cruz — Fairfield’s driving scorer — drove on Wiggins and attempted to get a snare shot over the lean wing. In any case, 6’10 huge Jalen Smith came in and obstructed the shot, and he tidied up in all out attack mode glass with a putback dunk after an Anthony Cowan Jr. miss.
A ton of the early protective achievement was because of Mark Turgeon tossing various takes a gander at Fairfield (1-4). They conveyed a full-court trap and a full-court press while exchanging among man and zone, rattling the Stags’ offense regularly.
Maryland constrained Fairfield to turn the ball more than multiple times in the main half and multiple times in the subsequent half, prompting 16 off of turnovers.
“We threw a lot at [Fairfield],” Turgeon said. “We did a lot of different defenses, and we’re getting better. We’re getting a little bit better at all of them.”
The Terps’ first half was featured by athletic completions at the rack, yet their three-point shooting pushed them to a noteworthy lead at the break. The group went 5-of-9 from past the circular segment in the first, with Cowan and Eric Ayala consolidating for four triples on five endeavors.
“I think we’re just getting in a rhythm now,” Ayala said. “At practice, we’ve been shooting a lot of threes. Coach has been implementing a lot of three-point shooting drills and stuff like that.”
While Maryland saw its best execution from profound on the season, shooting 38 percent from past the bend, three-point shooting is actually what kept Fairfield inside striking separation. The Stags hit seven of their 11 first-half shots from past the bend, drove by a 3-of-5 execution from Taliaferro.
In its initial three rounds of the period, Maryland has needed to beat moderate beginnings. It had done that without an issue, outscoring adversaries by a normal of 14.6 focuses per game after the break.
Be that as it may, any shooting achievement the Terps appreciated in the main half wound down in the second, as they hit only 40 percent of their field objectives and went 3-of-12 from past the circular segment. Luckily for Maryland, Smith was a stone, scoring nine second half focuses while going 3-of-4 from the field.
Smith drove Maryland with 17 on 5-of-8 shooting, however their commitments were felt everywhere. They likewise had a group high eight sheets — down a touch from their 9.7 bounce back per game normal entering Tuesday — while including two squares and a take on edge end.
Donta Scott grabbed their first profession start, however Lindo began the second half for the Terps close by the standard starters. That swap from Mark Turgeon paid off hugely, as Lindo had seven second-half focuses on 3-of-3 shooting from the floor.
After Fairfield slice the Terps’ lead to 10 with 8:55 to go, Maryland at last pulled away. Driven by five points from Eric Ayala, the Terps went on a 9-2 run throughout the following four minutes to take care of the Stags for good.
Three things to know
- The Terps controlled the turnover edge. Maryland’s offense has battled with turning the ball over right off the bat in the season, yet on Tuesday, the Terps turned the tables. They got five first-half takes and constrained 10 turnovers in the initial 20 minutes, while they just had four giveaways of their own. Maryland just proceeded with its solid ball control after the break, as it submitted only four second-half turnovers.
2. Maryland had a reasonable assault on offense. Entering Tuesday’s down, the Terps had five scorers averaging twofold digit focuses, demonstrating how profound the group’s bank of hostile weapons is. That pattern proceeded against the Stags, as four Maryland players — including an all of a sudden 13-point execution from hold Lindo — completed with in any event 12, and Fairfield’s barrier couldn’t enter in on any one Terp.
“Last year, we probably had maybe two, three dominant scorers consistently,” Smith said. “But now we got a whole spread of offense, and now it’s just more weapons that the team has to guard. [They] can’t just focus on certain individuals.”
3 . The Terps took advantage of their additional chances. Given its size advantage over Fairfield, it wasn’t an unexpected that Maryland had a sound lead on the sheets in the early going. In any case, the degree that the Terps overwhelmed — especially in all out attack mode glass — was enlightening. Maryland completed with 16 hostile bounce back with 18 additional opportunity focuses, while Fairfield had only six and two, separately.
“In practice, one of our offensive emphases was to pretty much be a relentless offensive rebounding team,” Smith said. “And Turgeon [has] been punishing us for not going to the offensive glass, and so it just became a habit.”