GAMEDAY Mens Basketball



Maryland 63, Minnesota 49

MINNEAPOLIS - Eric Ayala had 21 points and three steals to help Maryland deliver another road upset of a ranked Big Ten opponent, a wire-to-wire 63-49 victory over No. 17 Minnesota.

Donta Scott added 15 points and 11 rebounds and Aaron Wiggins had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Terrapins (9-7, 3-6), who limited Minnesota big man Liam Robbins to six points on 2-for-6 shooting before the 7-footer fouled out.

Marcus Carr scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Gophers (11-5, 4-5), who lost at home for the first time in 12 games this season. The rest of their starting backcourt, Gabe Kalscheur and Both Gach, combined for two points on 0-for-10 shooting.

Maryland allowed its fewest points in a game this season and never led by less than six in the second half. The players in the visiting bench area made almost all the noise in the mostly empty arena, yelling 'Boom!' every time a Terrapins 3-pointer went in. Coach Mark Turgeon, after one excellent possession on defense resulted in a blocked shot at the shot-clock buzzer, pumped his arm and crouched at the knees on the edge of the court in encouragement.

The Terrapins set a tenacious tone from the jump, with perimeter pressure on Carr and post traps on Robbins to keep the Gophers out of sync. On the other end, they repeatedly burned Minnesota's pick-and-roll coverage to spring Ayala and others for uncontested layups.

Maryland built a football-like 17-3 lead, until Carr's 3-pointer past the 12-minute mark of the first half gave the Gophers a badly needed jolt. They had bursts of success when Carr twisted his way to the hoop, and his jumper in the paint with 6:31 left cut the lead to 20-17, the closest all game.

Eric Curry fouled Hakim Hart behind the arc with 0.5 seconds remaining, though, and what would have been a six-point halftime deficit was suddenly 36-27 when Hart made all three free throws.



Associated Press


January 23, 2021


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